Matt's Met Flowers: Light and Shadow for Easter

Matt's Met Flowers: Light and Shadow for Easter

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 25, 2005

This week it was a type of apple blossom (I think) that looked green and uninteresting on Monday. However, by Friday I was in love with them.

They turned a beautiful white and had the gorgeous dark coloring on the tips of the petals. The very center looked like a green raspberry. It felt sparse, still, until I noticed something special that these flowers did - they cast the most beautiful, layered shadows. The others also did this in past weeks, but not with such success...

I would love to become a fabric designer and find a way to translate these shadows. They were rich. As someone who buys into the 'less is more' idea of furnishing my apartment and life, I have come to appreciate light and shadow as valid occupiers of space. If I could have these shadows cast across my apartment wall, I would never feel the need to hang a nail and search for a photo or a painting.

I also enjoy the fact that it is the sparceness of leaves and large blossoms that allows these arrangements to have the open, negative space between them that creates the beautiful shadows. A negative makes a positive.

I already see a change in the area and can imagine the UES townhouse owners planning their big flower box comebacks. I will keep a photographic eye peeled as I wonder home in the coming weeks... MN

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