In celebration of the summer solstice, Kwong created a quarter-mile landscape installation on New York City’s iconic elevated park, the High Line, in partnership with artisanal liqueur, St-Germain. In the Chelsea Market Passage from 14th to 18th Streets, Kwong transformed a public space into a veritable hanging garden of botanical delights in which wandered among living garden walls arranged like an undulating 16th-century French labyrinth while canopies of lush blooms floated overhead.
In order to visualize the fact that each bottle of St-Germain is made from a thousand elderflowers, all handpicked during an ephemeral two-week season, Kwong installed over 13,000 flowers and 200 linear feet of green walls on the High Line.
The project also featured three days of art activations featuring composers, musicians, choreographers and dancers, including a breathtaking modern dance performance by Mafalda Millies that paid homage to the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a toy sculpture by Charles and Ray Eames.
Following the installation, the florals were donated to a humanitarian nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Nations.
“St-Germain really empowered me to express my design vision, and in the process, gave a platform to so many gifted artists to create an extraordinary installation on one of New York’s most iconic landmarks.”
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