Spring has sprung and to celebrate I thought I would share with you a couple of photos from the Museum’s Art in Bloom event, held this weekend. Art in Bloom is exactly what it sounds like: Art. In. Bloom. During four days the permanent galleries are delightfully decorated with superb floral arrangements that are inspired by the works of art in the collection. Today, I am presenting the floral designs (and my impressions of them) influenced by two works of art in my Egyptian galleries.
Inspired by the False Door of NiankhSnefru, called Fefi
Floral design by Linda McLendon
Floral arrangement inspired by Fefi’s False Door.
This was actually my favourite of the Egyptian inspired designs, although I’m not quite sure I fully see the false door in it. (And there wasn’t a description on the label, so I really don’t know what inspired the designer.) I find the design deceptively simple and very elegant and perhaps that’s how Ms. McLendon saw the false door. The white flowers certainly speak to the door’s unfinished state and the colour of the limestone.
Detail of Linda McLendon’s floral design.
And I absolutely loved the vases—they have an Asian look, undoubtedly the reason why I was attracted to them. It’s actually hard to see on the photo featuring both the flowers and the false door together, so here’s a close-up. I have to admit, this photo does not do justice to the piece. You don’t see the wonderful colours of the wooden vases and the crispness of the blooms. They are very precise, like the hieroglyphs on the door.
Inspired by the Bust of Sekhmet
Floral design by Karl H. Hastings, Jr.
Floral arrangement inspired by the goddess Sekhmet.
I’ll be honest with you: this design did not strike my fancy. Actually none of the ones with flattened flowers or top heavy designs grabbed me. The designer’s poetic description of the ‘ goddess of war and healing from a parched and weary land’ is also opposite of my impression of this powerful deity and the civilisation I love so much. I see Sekhmet as a wild creature that can be tamed on occasion, two opposites that complement each other. She vibrant and full of energy, none of which I feel in this design.
And while Egypt is surrounded by desert cliffs and may appear lifeless to many, the flood plain and marshes are filled with amazing wildlife life and flora so beautifully depicted on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Herodotus said it, Egypt is a gift of the Nile… it is full of life and promise.