Art Alive 2014: Floral Designer
See the Museum in full bloom. The Art Alive 2014 Rotunda Designer is Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals. Franco will transform the Museum’s famed John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a breathtaking floral experience themed after the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Franco, who was classically trained in Paris and London, designed the Rotunda in 2006 and 2009, led the Floral Masterclass in 2013, and has created floral interpretations for Art Alive for the last 20 years.
Incorporating the sights, sounds, and character of Spain, Franco’s design takes its inspiration from the gardens of the Alhambra, while also integrating elements of the Museum’s Spanish Baroque façade and interior resulting in an immersive experience that will transport visitors to another place.
Upon entering the Museum, visitors will be greeted by a profusion of juniper, cypress, and citrus trees, which will be complemented by the inclusion of large arched hedges. While the fountain in the center of the lower Rotunda will be encircled by date palms and juniper trees. Franco’s design flows seamlessly into the upper Rotunda, where he will create a true outdoor garden experience complete with grassy areas, large trees, hanging vines, flowers, elegant benches, beautiful fountains, and the sounds of nature.
Floral elements will interact with and complement architectural features throughout the Rotunda space. The central fountain will remain unobscured and will be a featured part of the overall design. The mosaic tiling will be mirrored in the large window at the top of the staircase, and the relaxing sounds of this water element will be echoed throughout the space by several smaller fountains. Hanging Spanish vines, roses, jasmine, and bougainvillea will drape beautifully from the upper Rotunda remaining a visual element in both spaces.
See this completed work, and view more than 120 floral interpretations of famous works of art for yourself during Art Alive, April 11 - 13, 2014. | View the full schedule