What's the first piece of art that you want to see when you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Would you head straight for the new America Wing? The Temple of Dendur? Do the Vermeers whisper to you, or do you do want to immediately catch up on the gossip with Sargent's socialite swans?
But before the paintings, the sculptures, the priceless Ming porcelains, there are other works of art to behold - just look up when you enter the Great Hall and there they are, towering 10 to 12 feet high, painted in cherry blossoms, forsythia or camellias. The artist? Floral genius Remco van Vliet (read more about him here). His patron? The late Lila Acheson Wallace, who's continuing gift has ensured that the flower arrangements are refreshed weekly since 1969.
Forty-five years of fresh flowers. That's an amazing legacy. Something to be thankful for, don't you think?
Last month, hydrangeas, ilex berries and magnolia leaves soared over the Sunday crowd. I couldn't help but think they would be lovely on a Thanksgiving table (on a slightly smaller scale), and took a moment to be grateful for this beautiful gift and the woman behind them.
Have you seen something beautiful lately that you are thankful for?
Happy Wednesday, everyone! XO