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Ikebana stands tall
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: August 5, 2013 at 8:10 am
The Emporium Mother’s Day: Love Blossom exhibition showcases ikebana floral arrangements at the shopping centre until Sept 13.
An 8m tall ikebana floral arrangement by a world-class floral artist is now on show in Bangkok.
It can be seen during the Emporium Mother's Day: Love Blossom exhibition, which also features several other ikebana installations, until Aug 13. This gigantic piece took Akane Teshigahara and 30 other Japanese staff four days to complete and is accompanied with a full set of lighting and colour arrangements.
Teshigahara is from Sogetsu School and is praised as one of Japan's top three floral artists.
This is the first time she has come to Bangkok to create such a grand floral arrangement to honour HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
It was designed under the "Art, Culture and Nature" concept, which blends the art and science of ikebana and sogetsu using bamboo to convey the power of life.
Bamboo is commonly used on auspicious occasions in Japan. The design portrays the path of giving, which is considered a symbol of luck in Japan.
Another highlight is a smaller yet noteworthy creation created to celebrate the 125 years of diplomatic relationship between Thailand and Japan.
It is filled with colours, imagination and creativity, which well describe the Thai and Japanese cultures. The exhibition also presents other pieces set in vases of various shapes and sizes. The minimalistic arrangements feature carefully selected flowers, leaves, branches, stems, and other materials, taking into consideration the proportion, space, colour, vertical and horizontal forms, texture, and feeling.
There is no admission fee. Call 02-259-8345 or 02-269-1000 or 1084.
World-class Japanese floral artist Akane Teshigahara.