Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Giant living painting with 26,500 real flowers

As part of the National Gallery's celebration of Dutch flower paintings from the early 17th century to the late 18th century, The Flower Council of Holland was commissioned to create a giant 'living' painting, made up of 26,500 real flowers, to stand outside the famous London landmark on Trafalgar Square.

It took almost 30 florists working for two days straight, 100 blocks of Oasis florist's foam, nearly 30,000 stems of 26 different varieties in 37 different colours to recreate Bosschaert's Dutch masterpiece, A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase. The installation stands 8.2m from the ground - the equivalent height of two double decker buses!

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