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The Moving Garden

THE MOVING GARDEN ARTWORK

Lee’s extraordinary piece comprises a 13.7 metre (45 foot) long black granite tabletop. A jagged crevasse cleaves its way along the entire length. 100 to 150 freshly cut flowers are embedded in the crevasse and appear to be growing from it.

The artist invites visitors to take a flower when they leave on the condition that they do two things on his behalf and for themselves. The first is to make a detour after leaving the gallery, instead of going directly to where they planned. The second thing is, along the detour, to give that flower to a complete stranger as a gift. As the day wears on, the flowers on the table disappear, one by one. The next day, they are replaced, and the cycle begins again.

We invite you to upload images of your experience with Lee Mingwei’s artwork here flowersvasette.com.au/themovinggarden

HUMAN CONNECTION, LEE MINGWEI, FLOWERS VASETTE AND THE FLOWER INDUSTRY OF VICTORIA

Ever since Lee Mingwei began to exhibit, the overarching form of his works has been about art that celebrates trust, be that in sharing an experience, or in giving something unexpected. In his biography on artsy.net the recurrent theme throughout Lee’s work is called “the preciousness of human connections”.

Sharing unexpected kindnesses and being able to reach out to someone is at the core of flower giving and inherent in Flowers Vasette’s soul. These reasons and passions also drive the existence of Victoria’s flower growers and suppliers. It is to these businesses that Vasette approached when, as principal partner to the NGV for this exhibition, we needed to find over 100,000 individual flowers for the duration of the exhibition.

TOP OF MIND

The relationship between florist and grower/supplier is symbiotic. Neither can do without the other, and we believe this project benefits the entire industry.

Each day of the exhibition, in appreciation for the support received from the Victorian Flower Industry, we are highlighting the people and businesses who have directly helped us provide the 100,000 plus flowers required for this exhibition.

Did you know?

Victoria’s flower growers produce around 40% of the national production of cut flowers in Australia. (FV)

For every 100 businesses in the Australian flower industry, approximately 28 are in VIC. (AFI)


Van Gogh Flowers

Tony Pavlou has always had a ‘thing’ about art so he feels it’s entirely appropriate that he supports Flowers Vasette’s principal partnership with the National Gallery of Victo ...

Apack

Apack is a proud supporter of Flowers Vasette and The National Gallery Of Victoria. Apack is a family owned Australian business, which today employees 55 wonderful staff in 7 Superstore locations in ...

BUNCHA FLOWERS

Buncha Flowers is a first generation Cranbourne based commercial flower grower and also a stall holder at Melbourne Wholesale Markets at Epping. Their specialty is gerberas, the centerpiece of Lee Min ...

MR. FRESH WHOLESALE FLOWERS

Mr. Fresh Wholesale Flowers is a leading importer of fresh roses, and supplier of fresh flowers and foliage from local growers . The relationships Mr. Fresh has with an extensive grower base allows th ...

THE ORCHIDMAN

The orchid Man is a distributer to wholesalers and retailers and is not open to the public. Allan Neo, founded The Orchid Man in 2002 and whilst being a preferred supplier of a wide range of floral p ...

WAFEX

Wafex is Australia’s leading exporter of Australian wildflowers and the leading trade website for importers and wholesalers of fresh and dried flowers. It is both an exporter of Australian wildf ...

PENY BRYN FLOWERS

The Silvan based Peny Bryn Flower farm owned by the Brinson Family, and now run by second generation Owen Brinson, grows only gerberas. Owen is also the President of Flowers Victoria, the peak body as ...

SANTOSPIRITO FLOWERS

Image far right: Charlie with Lee Mingwei Charlie Santospirito’s father first started growing flowers in 1950 on land in Cheltenham then, as the business grew, moved to increasingly larger farm ...