Inspired by the art that each arrangement is placed near, the floral artist interprets the painting or sculpture into a floral presentation.
Materials chosen by the floral artist set the tone for each piece, but there are rules that must adhered to protect the art from insects, fungus, mold, etc. As well, the distance of the display pedestal from the painting is also intended to protect the art from being harmed in the event that a display accidentally topples over. As you would imagine, the life span of the floral art is limited, so how these materials are incorporated becomes that much more important.
The level of creativity and imagination on display in the various pieces is awe-inspiring. Rather than comment, I'll let these photographs speak for themselves.
If you enjoy art and flowers, run, don’t walk to the DeYoung Museum.
This work of floral art is, in fact, pieces of nature floating in a shallow glass dish that's filled with water. It's "Indigo V," Diane Barrett's interpretation of the Charles Demuth's painting entitled "From the Garden of the Chateau," shown below. Because of its imaginative application, it's my favorite from the entire show.