A House Full of Flowers
This week I have been involved with a project called Flower House Detroit.
What is that, you ask. Flower House is the brain child of Lisa Waud, owner of Pot and Box florist. She was inspired by the Christian Dior director, Belgian designer Raf Simons, who made his design debut by filling 5 rooms with one million flowers for his first fashion show in 2012. The movie about the Dior show was shown last week at the Detroit Institute of Arts and was so amazing. I personally like her design much better- just sayin’. So, Lisa bought 2 houses in the Hamtramck part of Detroit, each costing $250. One house is being used for Flower House and after it is over this weekend, Reclaim Detroit will deconstruct the house and dispose of it responsibly, keeping it out of a landfill. After the house is removed, Lisa will grow flowers there for her floral business. One of the major missions of this art installation is to bring attention to American-grown flower farms. The florists involved hail from all over the country and Canada. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow and when they asked for volunteers, I was there. When I showed up on Tuesday, there were many volunteers helping. Two ladies I was working with, asked me if I was from around there. I said no, I’m from Livonia. Where is that, she asked. I pointed towards Livonia and said 20 miles that way. Where are you from, I asked. Washington state she said. I then said, yes, I am from around here. She and her friend flew here to volunteer for two days! They didn’t even get to see the finished product. That’s how passionate people are about this project.
Here are some pictures from Tuesday when all the flowers were being delivered and processed.
Friday, my daughter and I returned to tour the house. There are a ton of pictures so I have picked a few pictures to show you. If you would like to see the rest of the pictures, go to my page here to see them.
Let’s start at the beginning. In May, Lisa had a preview of what could be, in the house next door. Nothing has been touched since then and it still looks amazing!
Okay, moving on. Let’s get to the Flower House Detroit, 2015.
(More information about each room, including the florists and their businesses are all included on my page here.)
I was so honored to be a part of this project. Lisa had an amazing vision and to see it come to fruition is unbelievable. The talent and imagination of these florists is something I can’t even imagine having. This truly was a beautiful and touching art installation and I’m glad I can share it with others that were unable to attend. I hope you enjoy the pictures and beauty of this project.