Continuing with on my floral and spring theme, today I present the four floral arrangements that were in the Classical galleries. These cover more square footage than the Egyptian space and more floral designs could be incorporated.
Inspired by Aphrodite of Cyrene
Floral design by Carol Inskeep
Orchid arrangement inspired by the marble statue of Aphrodite
Photographing against a sunny background is not ideal, but you see Aphrodite as an elegant silhouette. Placed behind her was an arrangement of white orchids coming out of glass vessel placed in a square container with blue glass pebbles… just like the beautiful goddess emerging from the sea! I thought this design very witty and elegant. (My fave of those in the Classical galleries.)
Inspired by Head of a Woman in the Guise of a Goddess
Floral design by Gene Harbaugh
Floral arrangement next to the bronze head of a woman
This design is well paired with the bronze female head, especially in terms of colour. It is simple, elegant and feminine, but not overly so. A sort of wreath. Yet, the squat bouquet leaves me wanting more…
Inspired by a Greek Hydria
Floral design by Sally Robinson
Arrangement of dried flowers inspired by a water jar (hydria)
This one left me thoughtful… the dried flowers were an interesting component playing with the earth-tone colours of the ceramics in the gallery. However, the fact that a hydria is a jar used specifically for carrying water is lost (although the vase was the colour of the seas).
Inspired by Herakles
Floral design by Jinny Marino
Flowers for Herakles
Interestingly, the use of the anthurium, a plant with a rather phallic red spadix, brings a touch of masculinity to the arrangement. Well, it is inspired by a statue of Herakles, a very burly one at that! The added metal elements make reference to the Herculean strength of our marble man. Pun intended. Herakles is the Greek version of Hercules.
I have come to the conclusion that my favourite floral arrangements at Art in Bloom were simple with crisp and elegant vertical lines; very contemporary looking. Enjoy the arrival of spring!