Human Flower Project
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Flowers Walking at Denver Botanic
Human Flower Project teamed up with floral artist Arthur Williams last week, part of the Bonfils Stanton Series at Denver Botanic Garden.
Jerrica Park (right) and Alicia Cardenas, two of Arthur Williams’s models, mingled with the audience after a gorgeous human-flower demonstration at Denver Botanic Gardens, September 15, a co-show with HFP.
Photo: Human Flower Project
“No one can possess this,” said Arthur Williams. He stood beside a beautiful young woman calmly batting blue eyelashes. She was crowned with anthuriums and orchids, green catkins dangling to her shoulders, and standing tall in combat boots.
After our presentation “White Roses for the Bride, Red Begonias for the Dictator” delivered September 15 at Denver Botanic Gardens, Williams released the fireworks: five models, each a distinct character, conceived in his deep and fluid understanding of the human-floral bond.
We had the honor of speaking at the renowned DBG about how flower customs across the world establish our individual, social, and regional identities. To an audience of about 125, we showed images of floral carpets in Poland and chrysanthemum dolls in Japan; we looked at train excursions into the Rockies during the 1890s, travelers picking native wildflowers by the bushel-basketful, and today’s efforts to protect some of those same flowers—and deploy them in the fight against oil and gas drilling.