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Sit in a room with full of 8,000 flowers and seashells hanging by threads in this gallery at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, California.
The exhibit, "Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law," is named after the British artist Rebecca Louise Law, whose works have been displayed in Times Square, Art Basel and the Royal Opera House. Law is well-known for using natural and raw materials like fresh blooms and incorporating the local community into her artworks.
"We thought Rebecca Louise Law would be a perfect fit for our gallery and in incorporating our gardens into our gallery," said Berenika Schmitz, the executive director of Casa Romantica.
Casa Romantica was built in 1927 by the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson, who designed his home as his representation of the California dream. The historic landmark hosts more than 100 events in arts and culture annually and boasts two and a half acres of coastal gardens.
"40 percent of [the flowers in the exhibiton] were grown here on our property in our gardens and cultivated by our volunteers and our garden director," Schmitz said.
It was important for the artist and the directors at Casa Romantica to involve the local community in this project. The rest of the flowers were donated by the community through an education program the nonprofit had accompanying the exhibition. More than 20 volunteers helped string the flowers and seashells together for about a week.
"It was amazing to see the pride and joy and also the conversation over stringing these flowers and how all our volunteers really came together," Schmitz said. "The artwork created a sense of community truly both in the formation, the idea and in the execution of the work."
What is also unique about this exhibition is that as each plant has its own drying and decaying pattern, the exhibit will also continue to evolve over time. The exhibit will be in the gallery at Casa Romantica until August 13.
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