Rebecca Louise Law

by Grace Bonney

The other day I got a call from a newspaper inviting me to talk about the growing trend toward paper flowers. While I’ve definitely seen a lot of beautiful paper flower tutorials online lately and love the direction in which they’re moving (more sophisticated, life-like styles), I actually felt like the world of real flowers was still gaining traction and holding people’s attention in a big way.


While I was researching some examples to send over to the writer, I came across the incredible work of installation artist Rebecca Louise Law. Rebecca grew up in England with a gardener father who encouraged his children to get out and experience how beautiful nature can be. Inspired by a field of flowers that extended as far as she could see, Rebecca decided to explore and recreate that feeling with her site-specific installations of real cut flowers hung from above. The sheer beauty and lushness of her installations are hard to ignore. They exude the sort of drama and grandness that I feel when I’m lucky enough to encounter a field of wild flowers and remind me just what a master nature is on its own. Rebecca has several making-of videos on her site (you can view one above – be sure to keep your volume off if you’re at work), but you can also check out this great behind-the-scenes post from the Laura Ashley blog for more details. I would love to see one of these in person one day and feel what it’s like to have this sort of lushness overhead, rather than underfoot. It must be such an overwhelming feeling of softness and beauty. xo, grace

*Editor’s note: I feel somewhat torn about artwork like this at times. While the majority of cut flowers are used and then tossed after they die, there is an element of this sort of grand-scale installation that nags at me and makes me curious about the flowers once the installation is done. I’m hopeful that any remaining (live) flowers are gifted to people or places that need them most. Though, perhaps their public nature and viewing on a large scale like this ensures more people would see them than if they were used for another smaller event. What are your feelings on this sort of living installation? I’m always curious to hear different viewpoints when it comes to reuse/disposal of installation materials.

Update: Rebecca told me that she uses these flowers after they’re done and dried in more permanent installations whenever possible. Such a great way to give cut flowers a longer life!

Click through for more images of Rebecca Louise Law’s work after the jump!







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  • These installations are stunning. I love your editor’s note as well – it would be such a shame for them to go to waste after an installation.

  • The initial reaction to living installations is just overwhelming. It’s as though we’re being served a slice of a fantastical life, full of whimsy. That said, who said we can’t recycle this fantasy? Imagine them all as pressed flowers, or each guest takes one home, or if they were all delivered to the hospital.

    Flowers are so good for the soul, and even better when we recycle their beauty.

  • Flowers always lend a magical quality to an occasion. Whenever we have an event with real flowers we always offer them to our guests at the end of the event

  • Flowers always add a magical element to an event. We do our best to give any live flowers we used for the event to our departing guests.

  • Thank you very much for your note about reuse!!!!!! I often have the very same thought. So much of what I see on design shows bothers me because there is so little regard for waste and almost never any mention of salvage and/or reuse. I almost not bear to watch HGTV anymore because of all of the waste.

    On another note, this artist’s work is so lovely, thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  • Amazing. I usually prefer the minimalist, less-is-so-much-more kind of decor, but I am completely smitten by that floating field of flowers. I think the flowers should be reused, gifted, pressed, dried, etc. where possible or feasible, but appropriately sourced flowers are also 100% recycleable, into dirt for more flowers! This beautiful installation is worth it while it lasts, even if the flowers go in the compost bin afterward.

  • I saw her installation at the Garden Museum (the first image after the jump) but it was towards the end of their freshness and they almost had a really decayed look, which kind of illustrates by itself those nagging doubts about so many fresh flowers being used for that purpose! I suppose I like to see that cycle of freshness and then the lovely dried/pressed flower look – for a bit of extra reading look at the work of Anya Gallaccio who makes flower based art about farmed gerberas and the ‘politics’ of cut flowers, really interesting!

  • I saw that first pic on pinterest! I was wondering where it came from. The floating flowers are so amazing, I wish I could have had something like this at my wedding. I love real flowers but sometimes they’re just not affordable especially for weddings. Real flowers though are always the inspiration for the paper flowers I’ve created, I’m always striving to make them more lifelike!

  • I love flowers so much I actually think I was a flower in a past life. haha. This by far is the most gorgeous trend I’ve seen in a very long time. Thank you for sharing!

  • Simply amazing and inspired. I keep looking back through these pictures!

  • I’m an event planner in Austin and we mostly design and plan high-end, large-scale weddings with generous floral budgets. It’s certainly hard to see the “waste” afterward, but you’d be surprised how often the staff or guests get to take flowers home with them to enjoy a few more days. Aside from being beautiful and therefore hard to watch being thrown in the garbage, flower waste is the least of my concerns, environmentally speaking. When carted off to the landfill, at least they decompose!

  • Wow, they are so beautiful you couldn’t help but feel happy in such an inspiring enviroment.