Sunday, October 17, 2010
While in Guangzhou, China in 2008, during the Olympics, I noticed these floral sculptures of the Olympic mascots. These sculptures were beautiful and the time put into placing each and every single flower must have been time consuming. These sculptures, obviously not permanent, are periodically changed.
The location in which they are placed is very restricted. Guangzhou is a huge city and as in most huge cities, there are few medians in the downtown area. However, this sculpture was placed in a median for the public to enjoy. The grounds of the median were again covered with flowers. The height of each sculpture was about 10 feet each.
What is nice about these pieces are that it uses the natural materials of flowers. It brings a more earthly feel to the culture. In a city where it is all about technology, economics, noise, and transportation, it is refreshing to see a bit of natural earth around. I feel as if more cities should follow this lead. It is very opposite of the usual earth art piece. Usually, man made objects or man modifies the natural world. This time though, the natural world is brought into the man made world.
Posted by W.K. at 2:26 PM