De Young is in Full Spring Bloom

Bouquets to Art settles into the de Young for its 26th year.

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I like the pieces that use color, shape, and placement of flowers to mimic the subjects in the paintings.
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Vertical edible gardens line the lobby of the de Young museum for the 26th annual Bouquets to Art.
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This is my favorite week of the year to visit the de Young.
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Over 150 floral arrangements are on display each year.
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Floral arrangers take inspiration from, and pay homage to, pieces in the de Young fine art collection for their displays.
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I like the pieces that use color, shape, and placement of flowers to mimic the subjects in the paintings.
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I wonder if this floral arranger was happy or bummed to have this painting to work with.
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The feathers on the Wild Swan-inspired arrangement are flower petals (the arrangement is appropriately located in the trompe l’oeil gallery).
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Paintings aren't the only thing getting some floral action. This statue gets a buddy for the week.
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This arrangement looks like a model of the painting behind it.
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For the only time of the year, photos with flash are allowed in the museum so a day full of instant social media coverage is possible for your facebook or twitter page.
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This piece was shown flat, below the painting it was inspired by.
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Water floated shifting flowers on top of perfectly placed leaves.
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This little chair of flowers sat in the room with the big kid chairs.
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White orchids look like smoke on the water.
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A large purple "signature piece" hung in the central open area.
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A flower was attached to the bottoms of each piece of fabric in the signature piece.
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Over the last 25 years, Bouquets to Art has "attracted nearly 550,000 visitors and raised over $4.52 million in net proceeds, which have been used to fund an impressive roster of special exhibitions, art acquisitions, educational programs, and special projects at the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum," stated the press release.
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The flowers are up for the public for only five days and around 60,000 people are expected to make the trek through the gallery rooms. This year it is happening April 20-24, 2010.
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Any 60+guys looking to meet some same-age ladies should hit up the exhibit.
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This floral arrangement had a painting of its own incorporated into the piece.
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A metal crab sculpture sits across from a painting with floating crabs rimming the canvas.
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It cost $20 to get into the de Young during Bouquets to Art, but if you are a member the fee is waived.
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I thought this one was cool and creatively done.
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Succulents crowd in.
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Mirror images
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Downstairs the new show called Birth of Impressionism gets ready for the May - September run. Highlighted will be the work of 36 artists from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, France, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne and Degas.
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