Staatliche fachshule für blumenkunst: Weihenstephaner Werkformen 2014

Movement” moving rooms, movement in rooms and nature in movement”

Weihenstephan is a well-known school for florists, where they every autumn make a big exhibition. This was my first visit at Weihenstephan. It is really impressing and interesting, and what gave me the biggest experience was how consequent they work with it. Here is no extras, no flirt with the flowers or  “dill dall”, only what is necessary to catch the theme.

This year the students were introduced to artists that had been working with themes about movement, both two and three dimensional. From William Turner and E. Muybridge to Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely, Jackson Pollock and Andy Goldsworthy. This kind of visual art should be the inspiration for experimental floral works.  

The exhibition has a logic start in the entrance where you can see how the students take actions with plant materials and photograph it. They throw it in the air and they dance with it.

Nature studies and experimental design

In the hall there is also some beautiful objects made from the subject:  Nature studies and experimental design, inspired by the swarms of bees and birds


Kinetic art

The next room is made with the use of Salix as a base, and the idea was to work with inspiration from Kinetic art, the art that was focused on movement in the early years of industrialization. All the objects in the room were moving and the movement of the shadows and the objects made the space very active but at the same time contemplative. 


One room was filled with objects from a task given in the lessons of Marked oriented design: Two companies should go together in a promotion: Green unlimited and Plastic cooperation and the theme were "Upgrading and upcycling". Everything was made from “used” plastic materials, like plastic bags, straws, plastic forks and knives, plastic bags that and different greenery. 



Movements and machines

Another room has its basic idea in art history; Pop art from the 50-60's, with the under titles:  "The chaos that the machine makes or what can the machine do with the flowers?" This group picked up everything they could find of machines and spray painted them grey before they started to build the exhibition. The curls coming out of the hairdryer, the motor saw that cuts up the Anthurium,  the sound-waves that come out of the loudspeaker.





The next room is build up from vertical hanging wooden lines painted in white, and this basic structure is connected to words that has something to do with movement, like: Explosion, volcano, communication, floating Here are mobiliers like Calders (hanging and always moving elements), an installation where flowers are thrown on it like an action painter as Pollock, broken threes after the storm.


Wreath with movement

The last space where you can take a break and have a coffee,  is filled with many different small wreaths looking like jewelry. The headline was: "Wreath with movement". The students are supposed to twist their mind and try to explore different ways of making and developing possibilities with the wreath.  Some are deconstructed, some are made of many knitted circle shapes placed after each other, some are made with hanging lines and plant materials hanged parallel to make the illusion of a wreath.....some have the beginning of a basket and ends up like a wreath.


The whole exhibition was made by 25 students; some in their 2nd year at school and some in their 1st year. The yearly exhibition is open for visitors from the 5th – 11th of December, and the next exhibition for the public from the 21st till the 23rd of March next year. 

With many thanks to Marianne(the headmaster) the teachers and the students!

Text and photo: Runi Kristoffersen


Oppdatert 15.01.2016