If the flash mob craze wasn’t your thing, the “Flower Flashes” appearing all over NYC might be more your speed. Floral designer Lewis Miller is creating enormous (and gorgeous) flower arrangements all over the city. From sculptures, to trashcans, and even the Washington Square Arch, Miller’s creations are delighting and surprising New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Miller, who is a florist for weddings and parties (check out Lewis Miller Design for a snapshot of his more traditional arrangements), began creating these Flower Flashes a few months ago. He’s designed pop-ups randomly around the city, but occasionally times the arrangements with major events like Valentine’s Day, the Met Ball, and Election Day (spelling out the word “vote” in beautiful flowers in front of the Washington Square Arch). Among other, numerous spots in NYC, Miller has decorated the Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park, the LOVE sculpture, and the Imagine mosaic. Miller and his team never reveal where the next “flash” will be, and are at work around 5:30 in the morning to ensure everything is finished by sunrise.
The idea behind the flowers is as enchanting as the arrangements themselves, with Miller telling Vogue in an interview this April, ““Who doesn’t love to get flowers? They are such a luxury, and New York City is a very gritty, fast-paced town. If we can bring nature—something wild and sumptuous—to New Yorkers and make them smile, the way people smile when they witness a random act of kindness, then that is a great thing. That is my goal.”
It seems that Miller is certainly achieving that goal, with articles, Instagram posts, and news outlets covering and posting about his Flower Flashes. If you’re in the city, you can recognize Miller and team’s handiwork not only for the striking beauty and size of the flowers, but also by the tag “LMD x NYC” left in chalk spray paint by the arrangements.
Source: Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Vogue
Photos: Lewis Miller Design