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Lecture - Beauty from Blight: The Flower House

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Running Time: 1 hour & 30 minutes


In October 2015, 37 floral designers and more than 100 volunteers from across North America came together to fill an abandoned Detroit house with American-grown fresh flowers and living plants. An estimated 3,400 curious visitors explored the house over the three-day exhibition. Why did this project touch so many people? In this lecture, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud describes her extraordinary project from idea to exhibition, discussing what about the installation was so magnetic to so many people across the worldåxploring her thoughts on beauty blight and nostalgia, as well as the themes of risk-taking, logistics and collaboration through the lens of the large-scale installation.


Lisa Waud

Based in Detroit, Michigan, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud's large-scale, multi-sensory, exploratory works utilize living plants and cut flowers, exploring themes of old and new, nature as a cleansing reset and joy from beauty. Lisa is committed to producing art events that are pointedly inclusive for collaborators and spectators and accessible to all humans, with a focus on celebrating the beauty of underrepresented and marginalized people. Lisa's biophilic projects have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, Hyperallergic, Colossal, Designboom, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Travel + Leisure. She has lectured at TEDxDETROIT, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Cranbook Art Museum, Broad Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Cleveland botanic garden, Intermittent Tech Conference and The Slow Flowers Summit.



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