April 19, 2021

NYC’s Cans Are Turning Into Giant Vases Filled With Flowers. Is This Art or Crime?

Last month have appeared some mysterious flowers all over Manhattan. The main targets of this guerrilla campaign are sidewalks, trash cans, statues, and public plazas. New York City-based floral designer Lewis Miller is on a mission to create an emotional response in a gloomy metropolis, and he uses flowers to achieve it. He said: “Gifting flowers to New Yorkers is a simple idea that I have been thinking about for years. I hoped for smiles, the ones that happen when you witness a random act of kindness. That was my goal, my vision. Create an emotional response through flowers.”

The series is called Flower Flashes, and each installation has a different vibe. “Our Alice in Wonderland installation was romantic, feminine and whimsical. Our trash can flashes are edgier and ephemeral,” said Miller.

The bouquets also vary in scale. The largest ones consist of thousands of flowers like roses, dahlias, and orchids, and, if produced for a client at Miller’s firm, could cost upwards of $10,000. “We try and use flowers from a previous event when we can. And by doing so, we give the flowers a second life,” said Miller and also that he plans to continue the flower flashes and putting smiles on peoples’ faces.

For more: lewismillerdesign.com | Instagram (h/t: mmm)