Flowers as Art and Healingby Jennifer Sparks on May 29, 2012 at 9:05 am
Flowers used in any way, shape or form is always of interest to us (we’re “about flowers” after all), but this is truly flowers in art form, depicting the beauty, healing and power of the product.
To memorialize the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, that had been in existence for over 90 years and was set for demolition, artist Anna Schuleit and a team of dedicated volunteers filled the entire building with nearly 28,000 blooming plants for a final 4-day public viewing.
The remembrance project, appropriately titled “Bloom,” provided visitors with “a time for needed reflection and rebirth.” Colossal Art & Design blog features an interview with Anna that explores her inspiration behind this deeply moving work of living art.
The blog explains, “After an initial tour of the facility she was struck not with what she saw but with what she didn’t see: the presence of life and color. While historically a place of healing, the drab interior, worn hallways, and dull paint needed a respectful infusion of hope.”
Says Anna, “Bloom was a reflection on the healing symbolism of flowers given to the sick when they are bedridden and confined to hospital settings. As a visiting artist I had observed an astonishing absence of flowers in psychiatric settings. Here, patients receive few, if any, flowers during their stay. Bloom was created to address this absence, in the spirit of offering and transition.”
We can only imagine the feelings this vision conjured up in those lucky enough to experience it. The mood-enhancing effects of flowers is scientifically proven, after all. Rutgers University research shows that flowers create instant delight, and increase enjoyment and life satisfaction. Harvard research reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh cut flowers are present.
We think this exhibit was flower power at its best. How does it make you feel?