While in Bruges, I had the opportunity to see a special floral exhibit by world renowned Belgian floral designer, Daniel Ost. I know, I know…. there are so many fabulous Belgian floral designers! This particular exhibit, Boeket voor Brugge, was presented by Bruges’ Municipal Parks Department in honor of 100 years of public parks. It included an installation of several large-scale floral designs housed in the famous Bruges Belfort.
The exhibit began in the Belfort courtyard, where waves of flowering shrubs perched on perfectly manicured grass took center stage. As you entered the exhibit inside, an undulating carpet of grass and flowering plants tapered off into the distance. No, this isn’t traditional floral design, but it is using floral and plant materials in an artistic way so it is right up my alley.
In the distance a triangular portal made of branches beckoned us to view the treasures beyond. I, of course, stopped at this branch construction for a few moments to inspect the mechanics. It’s a habit of mine to look under, around, and behind floral designs to figure out how they are put together. Sometimes I spend more time in search of mechanics than just admiring the design itself…it’s the craftsman in me. Centered just inside the branches was a perfectly lit orb or red anthurium with a flowering wall of plant material behind. Simple, elegant.
The next room housed the bulk of the exhibit, with round floral objects, a ceiling scape, a bamboo medallion, and something I like to call “the roller coaster.” Split bamboo featured heavily in many designs. Everything was beautifully lit….I can’t emphasize enough how important lighting is for dramatic impact! Here are some photos from the exhibit: