North Carolina Museum of Art Turns 17 Triangle Trash Cans Into Flower Bouquets
See larger-than-life bouquets in these temporary public art installations
The North Carolina Museum of Art is turning trash into treasure — or trash cans into flower bouquets. Ahead of its fifth annual Art in Bloom, presented by PNC March 21–24, the museum expands this year’s “trash can bouquets” to 17 locations across Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.
Last year, inspired by Lewis Miller Designs’ New York City “floral flashes,” the NCMA placed five giant bouquets around downtown Raleigh. With support from PNC, the museum expanded the public art project to span the Triangle for 10 days, March 6–15.
Two bouquets have already popped up at Chapel Hill’s Peace and Justice Plaza and the Chapel Hill Public Library, with three more Franklin Street locations planned through Sunday, March 10. The Town of Chapel Hill helped coordinate locations ahead of the town’s Second Friday Art Walk and Saturday’s UNC–Chapel Hill vs. Duke University basketball rematch in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill floral designer Amy J. Wurster of Knots 'N Such designed each of the bouquets.
“Art in Bloom encourages visitors to view art through a new lens,” says Museum Director Valerie Hillings. “We hope the trash can bouquets also offer a moment of pause and delight ahead of our annual festival of flowers. We are grateful to PNC for their tremendous support to bring these installations to more locations in the Triangle.”
Five Raleigh locations, including Union Station and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens; and five Durham cans, including at Central Park and the American Tobacco campus, will continue to blossom March 11–15. The City of Raleigh Arts Commission and City of Durham Public Art Program helped place and manage these installations. The North Carolina Museum of Art worked with Durham floral designers Pine State Flowers and Jennifer Wood, Raleigh-based floral designers E. W. Fulcher and Pam Reynolds of Bloom Works, and Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist Studios, to create the giant displays.
Art in Bloom features the work of more than 50 floral designers from around the country, including the trash can bouquet creators, putting their creativity to the test to design floral installations based on works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection.
Also celebrating Art in Bloom, Raleigh ice cream company Two Roosters will debut a custom floral ice cream flavor in its storefront the week of March 17. The flavor will also be featured on the menus of the Museum’s Iris restaurant, Sip Café and Blue Ridge Café during Art in Bloom.
The museum’s 2018 fundraiser was the most successful to date, with more than 18,700 people attending four days of floral exhibitions and sold-out events. Information about Art in Bloom can be found at ncartmuseum.org/bloom. Proceeds from Art in Bloom support Museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the NCMA Foundation.
Source: North Carolina Museum of Art