Sunday, August 1, 2010
Now here's an interesting place to do a flower arrangement! In London, artist Antony Gormley conceived of an idea using the 'Fourth Plinth" in Trafalgar Square. Applicants were asked to state why they wanted to take part in the live installation, and if selected, would have full use of the Plinth for 1 hour, to do whatever they wanted! Participants could sing, cook, sit and read quietly, or even be naked! The project ran 24 hours a day for 100 days beginning in July of 2009.
Julie Phillips, a floral design student at Myerscough College was one of those selected, and she decided to use her hour of 'fame" to construct a large-scale floral arrangement, utilizing roses, hydrangea, lilies and gladiolas. Using a cherry picker, Julie and her flowers and equipment were transported across Trafalgar Square and lifted high into position.
With the day dawning, Julie completed her arrangement, even setting an extravagant wedding table to showcase her arrangement, before relaxing with a hard-earned glass of champagne. She then thanked the crowd by throwing white roses down to them.
The Fourth Plinth is the only pedestal of the 4 in Trafalgar Square that remains empty. It was originally designed n 1841 to house an equestrian statue, but the funds were never obtained and it has remained empty ever since.
A delighted Julie said: “This has been a fantastic experience for me and one that I will never forget. To be involved in something like this is truly special, and while I was daunted by the height of the plinth, I also found it to be exhilarating and thrilling too!”
While I can't say that I've ever stood on a plinth to design a floral arrangement, Bloomers can design something impressive for your next event!