After getting accepted in to Bouquets to Art for the first time last year, I knew I wanted to do something big! I was given only a few art pieces to chose from and I decided upon, “Now Who’s Got the Blueprints” by William Wiley. I chose the piece because it had great lines and there was one big red swooping form that really jumped out at me.
Once I came up with a concept, which was very easy, it was time to design the frame of the piece. We bent wire with an anvil and made what became a prototype. We decided that we needed something much stronger and then used rebar to create the the five foot tall frame. The Museum is very strict about what materials can and cannot be used and they prefer that the pieces are small and displayed on their pillars. My vision was to have the piece be large and tall so we needed to come up with a way to weight the piece so it would be sturdy. We poured forty pounds of concrete into an industrial baking pan to make the base, and sturdy it was!
Once the frame was made we covered the whole piece in carefully cut red oasis. Rubber bands and mesh tape made the oasis stay firmly against the body of the sculpture. When it was time to attach the flowers, we had to snip small holes to get the carnation stems through the mesh tape.
Now comes the fun party…delivery. The piece was too tall for a cargo van so a rental u-haul van was used for transportation. Onc carnation sculpture and one very willing boyfriend where closed in the back of the van and we very slowly drove to the museum. Once at the museum we went through their inspection point and did final touches on location.
2800 mini red carnations, 180 blue thistle, 100 yards of mesh tape, 40 pounds of concrete, 20 feet of steel bar, 10 blocks of oasis, 1 u-haul van and countless hours later, we made it to the museum on opening night!
We are incredibly honored to have last years piece be in this years de Young Museum quarterly magazine. But enough about last year….it’s time for Bouquets to Art 2011!
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