MACY’S FLOWER SHOW PRESENTS ART IN BLOOM

Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase an Art History Inspired Floral Spectacular In New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 – SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015

Art is presently sprouts from fabulous flora as the annual Macy’s Flower Show, returns to celebrate the renewal of spring. Blooming in dramatic fashion, the multicolored splendor takes root at five Macy’s flagship locations nationwide including Herald Square in New York City, Center City in Philadelphia, State Street in Chicago, Downtown Minneapolis and Union Square in San Francisco. From now through Saturday, April 4, 2015, Art in2015FlowerShowLogo_ALL Bloom, the theme of this year’s spectacle, will take spectators into a multi-dimensional floral wonderland featuring incredibly landscaped gardens that celebrate the deep connection between art and nature.

For more than 65 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe. Native to many different climates, the show features a host of flora blooming in unison, in a presentation that crosses ecological boundaries. Taking root in unexpected settings including store countertops, specially designed architecture and even full-scale auditorium presentations, Macy’s Flower Show is staged in unique fashion at each of the five locations nationwide. Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show will be open during regular store hours.

“Lush foliage and beautifully designed gardens celebrating artistic styles and eras bring Art in Bloom to life for this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. Enveloped by rich color and dramatic landscaping, spectators will be in for a breathtaking trip through art history as they step into our imaginative gardens,” said Mike Gansmoe, executive producer of Macy’s Flower Show.
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This year, the showcase begins as spectators are welcomed by a stunning re-interpretation of the famed David sculpture in a garden inspired by the Pop Art movement. Serving as the centerpiece of this avant garde floral exhibition, the Renaissance era sculpture will incorporate pixel mapping projection technology to bring David to the new millennium. From impressionism and cubism to abstract displays, various art styles will guide the landscaping of Macy’s Flower Show creating a one-of-a kind, striking floral tour de force.

In addition to serving as Macy’s official celebration for the start of the spring season, Macy’s Flower Show is also the prime setting for some of the nation’s most renowned floral and entertaining designers. These décor masters each bring to life a fan favorite – a rotating wonder called the “Bouquet of the Day.” These singular floral creations to be showcased in the New York, Chicago and San Francisco shows are out-of-this-world centerpieces that interpret the theme of the show through the lens of each designer’s unique aesthetic. The Macy’s Flower Show is also the perfect backdrop for two weeks of in-store special events including fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and special appearances.

New this year, the Macy’s Flower Show allows spectators to become floral artistes when they download the specially created Artista Impresso by JixiPix app. Available for iOS and Android devices, the Artista Impresso photo app transforms Flower Show snapshots into stroke filled impressionist masterpieces. Designed with the user in mind, Artista Impresso allows visitors to customize their image from a host of impressionist styles. The app will be available to purchase for 99 cents, for a limited time only during the Flower Show’s run. Artistes in training can find the link to download on macys.com/flowershow.

Macy’s glorious spring tradition is made possible nationally thanks to partners JixiPix and Royal Caribbean International, the cruise line voted “Best in the Caribbean” and “Best Overall,” 12-years running by Travel Weekly. Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship will set sail from the New York area this November to the Caribbean where visitors can experience some of the flowers featured in Macy’s Flower Show in their natural habitats.  Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis is produced in partnership with Bachman’s. For additional information about these events contact the hotline at (212) 494-4495, or visitwww.macys.com/flowershow.

Bellagio Las Vegas Celebrates Japanese Culture with Vibrant Spring Conservatory Display and Art Installation by Renowned Sculptor Masatoshi Izumi

A burly turtle made of thousands of fresh-cut flowers rests next to an 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves.

A burly turtle made of thousands of fresh-cut flowers rests next to an 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves.

The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests  and other visitors to Las Vegas to take a peaceful journey through the Japan’’s rich culture with its first Japanese-inspired display (a collaboration between Bellagio’s expert horticulture team and MGM Resorts International Event Productions with consultation from Master Gardener Kanji Nomura from Nagoya). Pairing the soothing aesthetics of Japan’s traditional gardens with Bellagio’s striking grandeur; the new display boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers and larger-than-life floral creations. Among the thousands of flowers, including fresh tulips, daffodils and snapdragons, guests will discover traditional bonsai trees nestled among recreations of some of Japan’s most iconic landmarks. Adding to the charming atmosphere, live musicians perform Japanese melodies on a floating platform. On view through May 11, the Japanese Garden will culminate with Golden Week, a national celebration in Japan recognizing several significant holidays including Constitution Day, Children’s Day and Greenery Day. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

The West Garden is a sacred scene featuring a 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. Resting on the shore of peaceful waters, the regal temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

A 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

A 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

Nestled among raked, golden sand, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

Nestled among raked, golden sand, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

The Japanese-inspired garden boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers, including 12 types of tulips.

The Japanese-inspired garden boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers, including 12 types of tulips.

In the East Garden, guests are greeted by a towering, 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves. At the foot of the tree, 75 live Koi fish enjoy the refreshing waters of a tranquil pond, while a cascading tsukubai waterfall flows from16 feet above. Two ornate floral topiaries showcase a combined 15,000 fresh-cut flowers: one, a majestic crane standing six feet tall and the other, a burly turtle stretching seven feet in length. These botanical animals enjoy shade offered by a colorful parade of 35 hand-painted parasols, each exquisitely decorated and suspended in midair.

Nestled among raked, golden sand in the South Garden, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house invites guests to take in the splendor of the exhibit. Custom built using bamboo pieces, natural logs and mineral copper accents, the 12-foot-tall structure celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

In the North Bed, just steps from the tea house, is a hanging garden of Wisteria and Bougainvillea vines. Abstract stone art rests below, each representing different Japanese cultural icons such as Mount Fuji, the crane and turtle. Stone lanterns are placed within this serene setting, illuminating the garden and contributing to its reflective ambiance.

Springtime in Japan is truly breathtaking and we are excited to share this extraordinary cultural experience with our guests from around the world,” said Randy Morton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bellagio. “After traveling more than 5,000 miles to study gardens in Tokyo and Kyoto, our horticulture and design teams created a dynamic interpretation of Japan’s enchanting spring season, featuring many of the culture’s most recognizable elements.

Renowned Japanese stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi stands with his A Gift From the Earth installation now featured at Bellagio.

Renowned Japanese stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi stands with his A Gift From the Earth installation now featured at Bellagio.

Masatoshi Izumi’s A Gift From the Earth is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures – Wind, Fire, Water and Land – each representing one of Earth’s four elements.

Masatoshi Izumi’s A Gift From the Earth is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures – Wind, Fire, Water and Land – each representing one of Earth’s four elements.

Continuing the celebration of Japanese culture, the Bellagio has also unveils a striking new art installation handcrafted by renowned Japanese sculptor Masatoshi Izumi just outside of the hotel’s main entrance. The installation, A Gift From the Earth, is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures, Wind, Fire, Water and Land, each representing one of Earth’s four elements. Meticulously hand carved from basalt over the course of 18 months, each sculpture weighs between 17,000 and 27,000 pounds. Basalt, a form of lava that has cooled on the volcano’s surface, is frequently found in Japanese art as it represents the origins of the island nation.

Izumi was born into a family of stone carvers in Japan and began working on his own craft in 1953. His work celebrates harmony with nature by taking existing forms and altering them slightly to reveal an even more beautiful state. Izumi’s work has been showcased around the world in Japan, Taiwan, San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas where “CACTUS Life – living with Earth” has been part of the iconic CityCenter Fine Art Collection since the hotel’s opening in 2009.

Art and culture are integral to the Bellagio experience, with original works throughout the resort, in addition to rotating exhibits at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. “The Izumi installation is a tremendous addition to this experience and is a beautiful representation of the authentic art forms within the Japanese culture.”