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Modern Floral Artists Working at the Nexus of Sculpture and Floral Design

And their art sculpture of 10,000 rotating flowers continually “eclipsing” itself

By: THURSD. | 28-10-2020 | 2 min read
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The unique combination of skills of dynamic wife-and-husband duo Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz is a distinctive signature for each installation and event of full-service event design and floral art studio Waterlily Pond. Their ambitious rotating artwork at the de Young museum in San Francisco has received incredible reviews. Let's find out how this boutique studio ended up designing these edgy large-scale installations.

Waterlily Pond Turns any Environment Into an Experience

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Eclipse Art Installation with Natasha and Daniel
A boutique firm with bold aspirations, that is Waterlily Pond. Natasha and Daniel push technical and artistic boundaries and love to take risks and deliver a big impact for clients. The design studio is founded in 2001 and based in San Francisco, California. Modern Floral Artists Working at the Nexus of Sculpture and Floral Design - Waterlily Pond - quote on thursd Natasha and Daniel have been commissioned by modern art museums, cathedrals, public spaces, and cultural organizations globally to create large-scale floral art, with suspended installations up to 2000 pounds in weight. As artists and teachers, they have shared their craft with design lovers around the world.
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Eclipse
The duo leads a team of artists and builders to create large-scale installation art that engages viewers in a lush sensory experience of volume, texture, color, and movement. Natasha, Daniel, and their team are especially known for their hanging floral installations, which have been featured at museums, festivals, and editorial shoots around the world.
“Our approach is unique as we create in the nexus of sculpture and floral art. Where some installation artists use exclusively flowers and natural materials as their medium, we make modern art sculptures combining the emotion of flowers with fascinating structures of industrial materials."
The pieces embody clear concepts, such as tension or gesture, and are vibrant and colorful. The art sculptures are engineered in structurally challenging forms that support water sources for fresh flowers. They are site-specific and engage the viewer to explore from various viewpoints.

Eclipse, a Museum Commission

Watch the making of this rotating floral art installation at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA. A custom motor enables this 1,200-pound piece to slowly rotate, inviting viewers to follow the motion from all angles. Inspired by the technical drawings and geometric forms of the mural Between Sign and Subject by Matt Mullican, Eclipse is geometry in motion. A deconstructed sphere rotating and continually “eclipsing” itself, it confronts the viewer with different overlapping perspectives of two halves of a whole. A deconstructed sphere 14’ in diameter with 10,000 flowers. Rotating and continually “eclipsing” itself, it confronts the viewer with different overlapping perspectives of two halves of a whole. Inspired by the technical drawings and geometric forms of the mural Between Sign and Subject by Matt Mullican, Eclipse is geometry in motion.

By The Numbers

Art installation Eclipse: -Size 14 feet diameter -Weight 1200 pounds -10,000 flowers, including gerbera, roses, dianthus, anthuriums, and orchids -500 feet of aluminum welded into a spherical structure -60 pounds of sisal fiber -1,200 feet of colored string

Other Selected Work by Waterlily Pond

Find Waterlily Pond's extraordinary floral installations online on Facebook and Instagram.

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