Imagine taking a walk in the park and suddenly seeing strange statues with their hair and beard made entirely out of flowers. That’s weird?! You don’t remember witnessing these statues here before, yet they look so old. Could it be true? You haven’t noticed them for so long! In case you were wondering, Geoffroy Mottart is talented florist that has been composing these embellished flower decorations all around Brussels. As you can imagine, these makeshift pieces of art, called Fleurissements, can last only for a day or so before withering. What’s the point, you may ask? Well, they did make you notice those long forgotten sculptures, haven’t they? Other than being stunningly beautiful these flower decorations serve a great purpose of invigorating old monuments. While some statues are only “flowerised” once, others received continuous attention from Geoffroy. Greatest example is this phenomenal bust of Leopold II.
I have always loved, at the turn of a path to be surprised by nature, a sculpture or any work that allows me to escape, imagining the story that it tells. What it wants to convey. Outside I realized that most people are passing these testimonies of another time without taking the trouble to observe them. My job as a florist gives me the opportunity to give a new breath of originality to these forgotten statues. Art pieces that no longer arouse the interest of passers-by while flourishing public places. These ephemeral interventions are for me a wink to the past. They are a great way to demonstrate that one can still be surprised, intrigued, charmed by what constitutes our setting.
My project consists in the decoration of statues, which are part of the decor of our parks but in the same time a little bit forgotten.
This idea came to me, when I realised that most of passersby walk near the statues, while crossing parks,without paying attention to them. Apart from my work, I consider that they are testimonies of the past. I think that they are worth seeing, it’s important to remember that they still a part of our cultural heritage! By putting a floral note in places or on objects, the spectators pay attention to my work, they rediscover what surrounds it.
At the moment I am going to start a project with the Brussels TV Buzz. Every month I would work on a statue in order to put forward a new work on each show.
More Flower Decorations by Geoffroy?
Just imagine seeing reactions of people passing by? After experiencing this wonderful collection you will not be able to ignore those old statues in your city anymore. To see more of Geoffroy’s unbelievable flower decorations and other new projects follow him on Instagram. Finally, feel free to share your thoughts on this invigorating art collection in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Geoffroy Mottart.