Lewis Miller Design, a NYC based florist, has been creating temporary ”Flower Flashes” all over NYC for the past two years. They use donated or left over flowers from their projects to bring beauty to unexpected places by using garbage cans as large vases, livening up subway entrances with 6 foot tall wreaths of flowers, or juxtaposing bright sunflowers within a gritty construction zone— prompting jaded New Yorkers to take notice and delight in the oddity of seeing beautiful, rare, ethereal blooms in places one would not expect to be beautiful.
Here are some of my favorites:
A recent Lewis Miller Flower Flash project was a trash bin at the base of the Highline in the Meatpacking District. Miller leaves his initials in chalk to mark the spot.
Trash bins overflow with sumptuous blooms.
A garland of roses decks the beloved Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.
In honor of the 2017 Met Gala and its celebration of the transgressive Comme des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo, Lewis Miller turned this Fernando Botero cat sculpture into a punk skunk using spiky purple liatris.
Sunflowers and cattails at a Greenwich Village construction site.
A Valentine’s Day display of pink carnations, some of seventeen thousand left over from Tory Burch’s recent fashion show.
John Lennon Memorial in Central Park: a circular mosaic resembling a mandala with one word in the center: IMAGINE.
Central Park West: a garland of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids.
The stunning installations use recycled flowers whenever possible. Each installation is signed with chalk paint so it washes away in the rain. Flower Flashes are put together before dawn and usually take the team about 15 minutes to create. Flowers for the People are certain to bring a smile to your face and create magical lasting memories for those lucky enough to wander by.