Once, a stranger walked up to me and gave me a flower. After I got over my surprise and thanked him, he smiled, walked away and I never saw him again. Such an act of kindness to another can resonate with you for a long time. Its positive message can be contagious and spread like wildfire.
So when I received the news that the National Gallery of Victoria were hosting an exhibition by Lee Mingwei that encourages its visitors to pluck a fresh flower from his display when leaving, make a detour from their usual route and on the way give that flower to a stranger, I was excited to say the least.
The Moving Garden in full bloom.Photo: Yoshitsugu Fuminari, courtesy of Mori Art Museum
Lee Mingwei is a Taiwanese-American artist internationally recognised for his work encouraging audience participation. His solo exhibitions have featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Melbourne florist Flowers Vasette has joined forces with NGV and will provide 1000 fresh flowers for each day of the exhibition which is a grand total of 106,000 flowers. That's a lot of very happy strangers!
When – 15th of October 2016 – 29th January 2017 Time – Daily 10am – 5pm Where – International National Gallery of Victoria 180 ST KILDA ROAD, MELBOURNE Cost – FREE entry to the museum and free flower. Website – www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/lee-mingwei Contact - 03 8620 2222