This past weekend, the NCMA hosted its third annual floral fundraiser Art in Bloom. Once again, designers picked a work of art out of a hat and created a floral arrangement inspired by that artwork. As I have done in the past, I visited the galleries for this colourful occasion and am presenting on An Archaeologist’s Diary the ones found in my ancient galleries. Let’s start with ancient Egypt, shall we?
Inspired by the Inner Coffin of Djedmut
By Bonnie Mirmak
I must admit that this particular arrangement did not strike my fancy even though I like blue, indigo and purple flowers. The colours found on the coffin are reflected in the choice of flowers, but I found the arrangement too horizontal for such a tall and slim artefact. (Actually, the design made me think of a boat and there is an ancient Egyptian model boat nearby.) However, I did notice how some of the papyrus umbels were gathered and tied at the top and that reminded me of the white crown of Upper Egypt (Whether this was intentional, I did not know. The description references flowers found on coffins…)
Inspired by the Reclining Bull
By Avant Gardeners Garden Club
This was my favourite floral design in the Egyptian galleries. I thought it was a wonderfully whimsical interpretation of the work–inspired not just be the colours but also the shape, down to the horns! What made me smile was the little bell hanging from the plants gathered at the top. A fun element that reminds us all of the bells around cows’ neck and the melodic sound of them moving around. Nice job! (And the club has a cool name, too!)