Flo­ral artists aim to ex­ceed their vi­sion

Four-day ex­hi­bi­tion to open on Cas­tle lawns

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAN CRONJE

THE IN­AU­GU­RAL Cape Town Flower Show, tak­ing place at the Cas­tle of Good Hope later this month, will fea­ture an ex­hi­bi­tion of more than 100 works of flow­ers in art by 36 South African artists.

The four-day gar­den show, mod­elled on the Chelsea Flower Show in Lon­don, aims to cel­e­brate the Cape’s unique flo­ral her­itage with show gar­dens, talks, demon­stra­tions, cut-flower ar­range­ments and more.

It takes place from Oc­to­ber 27 to 30.

The Ep­son Flow­ers in Art ex­hi­bi­tion in the Gov­er­nor’s House is be­ing cu­rated by art con­sul­tant and artist Ca­rina du Randt, from Fran­schhoek.

“The artists were cho­sen for their au­then­tic in­ter­ac­tion, com­mit­ted ob­ser­va­tion and in­sight­ful con­tem­po­rary de­pic­tions of the nat­u­ral world,” Du Randt said.

Du Randt, who hopes the show will en­cour­age en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, said vis­i­tors could look for­ward to more than 100 art­works.

“The fi­nal se­lec­tion will be made when all works are re­ceived, and the process of cre­at­ing di­a­logues within the dy­namic of the group show com­mences,” said Du Randt.

The artis­tic brief was “ex­ceed your vi­sion”.

“How­ever, the artists had the free­dom to in­ter­pret and ap­ply the flo­ral theme of the ex­hi­bi­tion ac­cord­ing to their per­sonal per­cep­tion and vi­sion.”

Most of the art­works will be for sale. “A wide va­ri­ety of work and range of prices will make it pos­si­ble for en­try- level col­lec­tors as well as es­tab­lished col­lec­tors to pur­chase some very valu­able art­works,” said Du Randt.

The main at­trac­tion will be 20 show gar­dens cre­ated specif­i­cally for the event by some of the coun­try’s top gar­den de­sign­ers and land­scap­ers.

Last week par­tic­i­pants started lay­ing out the out­lines of the gar­dens on the lawns of the Cas­tle. They will con­tinue work­ing un­til Oc­to­ber 25, two THE CAPE Town Flower Show is at the Cas­tle of Good Hope be­tween Oc­to­ber 27 and 30. Tick­ets are R180 for adults and R90 for chil­dren at the door. Dis­counted tick­ets aver avail­able via Com­puticket. Work­shops, talks and demon­stra­tions must be booked sep­a­rately. See www. capetown­flow­er­show.co.za. days be­fore the show be­gins.

The show, of which Week­end Ar­gus is a me­dia part­ner and which or­gan­is­ers hope will be­come an an­nual fix­ture on the Mother City’s events calendar, also in­cludes talks, demon­stra­tions, work­shops, a “knock- out” cut­flower ar­range­ment com­pe­ti­tion called MasterFlorist and the lat­est in gar­den­ing ac­ces­sories. jan.cronje@inl.co.za

PIC­TURES: RONEL HU­MAN

Erica by Ronel Hu­man. Hu­man is one of more than 30 artists ex­hibit­ing at the Ep­son Flow­ers in Art ex­hi­bi­tion at the Cape Town Flower Show at the Cas­tle of Good Hope.

Moun­tain Fyn­bos, by Ronel Hu­man.

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