On Sunday, September 24 artist Megan Wilson will present Flower Interruption as part of the Flower Power exhibition and as a conclusion to the flowers that she has been painting on the sidewalks of Fulton and Larkin Streets around the museum. Wilson has created over 300 brightly colored hand-painted paper flowers that she and a team of assistants will install in the area directly in front of the museum. Once the flowers have been placed and the ceremony concludes audience members will be invited to take the flowers with them as symbols of peace and love, as well as reminders of the beauty, strength and fragility of life. The program is brief so come early for a flower.
Wilson initiated her Flower Interruption project in 2002 as a playful response to the monotony of the everyday and business-as-usual routine. Flower Interruption is a strategy for breaking up the expected. It is also a rejection of corporate values and the surface aesthetics of capitalism. Working in opposition to corporate advertising, the interruptions offer a respite in the landscape from the onslaught of profit-driven messages, which have become the backdrop for defining global culture and lining the pockets of an elite few. Wilson’s technicolor flowers are a striking contrast to the grit and gray of the city, appearing as though they’ve been air dropped by a cartoon plane.
In addition to San Francisco, Wilson has created Flower Interruption projects in Tokyo, Japan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Bali, Indonesia, Bantul, Indonesia, Jaipur, India and Manila, Philippines.
Wilson’s flower works have continued to bloom and have become her signature motif for engaging audiences throughout the world in a broad range of environments and purposes: as an economic strategy for pedicab (becak) and motorbike drivers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Jaipur, India; as a messaging tool to draw viewers in and raise consciousness around timely and critical subjects such as income inequality, environmental degradation and the abuse of corporate power; and to heighten awareness around the realities of homelessness.
**FREE at the front steps of the museum**
Organizer & Sponsors
Flower Power is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Doris Shoong Lee and Theodore Bo Lee, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Phoebe Cowles, Warren Felson and Lucy Sun, Cathy and Howard Moreland, and an anonymous donor. Media sponsors: Wall Street Journal, NBC Bay Area, KQED.