Howard Park Wines is proud to reveal its collaboration with Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers – ‘Flora Suspended’ – open to the public from April 12.
This truly unique artwork, a large mobile installation of flora from the vast cellar door ceiling, is a first for the Margaret River region. Projected to last for approximately two months, the live display will evolve & decay as it ages.
Rebecca Grace has foraged for completely unusual elements, including long agave stems, amaranth, prickly pear, air plants, reed & live pitcher plants, which consume insects! One of the parts is motorised to slowly turn above people’s heads. The whole piece appears like an oversized living, decaying gothic chandelier to stop visitors in their tracks.
“We are so excited to be exhibiting Rebecca Grace’s work in cellar door,” said Cellar Door Manager Emily Bromell. “The design is so imaginative & jaw-dropping. It’s not just a ‘static’ floral display. Flora Suspended is really something to be experienced, while it lasts”.
Helmed by Rebecca Grace, Natural Art Flowers is Perth’s leading florist, having worked with fashion designer Aurelio Costarella & H&M among many others.
The installation is composed to take full advantage of the Howard Park cellar door - one of the foremost architectural designs in the Margaret River region. The building was awarded by the Royal Institute of Architects in 2000 & named one of Australia’s top 12 buildings by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2005. It is a prime example of Feng Shui design in Western Australia.
Howard Park Wines will concurrently host local artist Mirella Prolongeau as part of the Margaret River Region Open Studios, which runs from April 28 to May 13. Her works will be exhibited on the walls of the cellar door, & she will be making guest appearances & doing live painting throughout this period.
“Steered by the Burch family, Howard Park & MadFish Wines have had a long association with artists,” said Emily. “With everything from a commissioned Andrew Carter piece that takes up one entire wall in the cellar door, through to the MadFish wine label illustration by the late indigenous artist Maxine Fumagalli, art has been part of our history, but we’d like to renew that push in the near future, particularly focusing on Western Australian artists.