The De Young Museum had it's annual Bouquets to Art Exhibition last week and as always it was amazing. Every year the De Young invites Bay Area florists to come in, select a work of art and create a floral arrangement inspired by the piece. It's hard to put into words how spectacular and incredible the arrangements are. Pure genius! They range from small to 10 feet tall making you wonder how on Earth they keep the flowers fresh for the week of the exhibit. One of the great aspects of the show is that the arrangements are throughout the entire museum allowing for floral installations that reflect classical, international and modern art which results in huge variety. Take for example the sewer pipe spewing flowers as you walk into the atrium or the gigantic oak tree cut into several slices and suspended from the ceiling so that you can look up into the roots which are festooned with flowers. My favorites this year were the arrangements in the Frank Stella modern art exhibit. I was also partial to the giant peace sign arrangement in the entry heralding the upcoming Sixties Fashion and Rock and Roll exhibit opening April 8th. The cute teddy bear made of roses got the most "oohs" and the giant pod suspended on a huge piece of bamboo literally stopped people in their tracks. The other great thing about the show? People watching. Some of the attendees were as colorful as the flowers. Every year this is one of our San Francisco favorite and "not-to-be-missed" shows.
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