Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring

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We had the pleasure of assisting floral god Thierry Boutemy and his crew at an installation to end all floral installations last week. The man is beyond. And his crew, a french speaking fun bunch - some of Europes most talented...

On the corner of 5th avenue and 52nd street we assembled close to 3,000 pear, quince and cherry blossoms to adorn the new flagship Zara store. I've never seen such a sight - or been subject to so many queries from 5th avenue tourists...

By the second day we joked that we should have made t-shirts lettered with the answers to the most common questions fielded:

Yes, they are real.

No, they are not dogwood, but white cherry blossoms.

No, the store is not open yet.

To be knee deep in unruly branches, arms raw with quince thorn scratches and hearing hundreds of excited pavement pounding new yorkers repeatedly exclaim: "It's SPRING" was overwhelming, if not slightly seasonally unappropriate. It was, in fact, still winter.

Happy Spring, my dear readers.

*And many thanks to my girls; Alicia, Brittany, Katie, Liza, Ashely, and Louise for joining me on this adventure. Thank you Ben, Chris and Gus; my best branch suppliers for coming through with great material. And Thierry & Hiromi; I'll see you someday in Brussels.


{A great interview with the floral artist here.
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19 comments:

Natalia @ Foxgloves and Photographs said...

AMAZING.! Wish I could see it in person.

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

This is unbelievable! I might have to take a trip into the city just to see this ;) Great job!!!!

her.infinite.variety said...

Incredible. Worth battling the tourists for a peek.

Lisa said...

Wow.

Bow Street Flowers said...

I'm just green.. If only to touch the hem of his jacket. Sigh .

ID cards said...

That's such a great looking flower branch assembly!

URBAN PLANT BLOG said...

Amazing! I love Thierry's work, especially for fashion showcase and catwalks How lucky you are having worked together.

cheri said...

That is AMAZING! Really happy to see you two floral genius's working your magic together!

Nadine said...

Wow just about covers it!

abpaulson said...

how long will this last!?!

Caroline said...

Incredible work, congratulations!

ltr said...

swept away by thierry's comment in the interview you linked to: "buying anything to say sorry bothers me"
so true.

Suzy et son lapin said...

Wow! Great idea, great execution!

Ally Ann said...

wow. that's all, i think. just wow.

Becca said...

Holy shit. My lower jaw is still in my lap. Congratulations. Just, delicious.

Morgan Walker said...

Very spectacular, I saw this in person while in the city on a business trip. I thought to myself, I wonder who did that!!!??? A friend thought I would love your blog, here I am an addict in 2 seconds!

Beth said...

OH Wow! I remember walking by this beautiful scene of branches that night after leaving work. Breath taking. And to think you were a part of it! Love your eye for beauty and thank you for welcoming me and my fiance during our first visit earlier back in February. You were busy with floral classes but still took the time to talk. Wishing you continued success Sarah! Beth

Ensuite said...

I wish to see you soon in Brussels Sarah.

Fàtima -BORNAY- said...

OHH MY GOODNESS Sarah!!!!

I'm madly jealous ;) jejeje

fàtima