While COVID-19 keeps us apart in quarantine, The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in India is working to bring us together - digitally. Founder Abhishek Poddar wants your help to create the world's largest digital flower 'bouquet of hope'. A fun activity for the whole family while stuck inside!
For Abhishek's parents 25th wedding anniversary in 1989 he surprised them with an art installation of 25 flowers; 25 of India’s well-known artists created a single flower, one for each year of his parents married life together, in the artists own inimitable style. Every image reminded them of a family or friendship moment, an incident or a story behind each painting. "At times like these, we hold on to precious memories - of family times, of challenges we managed to overcome, of personal journeys we ventured on" said Abhishek. MAP wants to send the world this virtual bouquet of hope, not just for this difficult time but for the future ahead.
Flowers symbolize hope, love, and courage - something we all need more than ever. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to submit their own flower. It can be an image from your garden or balcony; a drawing, painting, or sculpture; it can even be a flower motif made from an object or textile in your home - such as food, beads, shoes, pillow. Get creative!
Images can be submitted to: www.bouquetofhope.in
Once yours is submitted you can have a scavenger hunt to find your own! And share on your social media with #BouquetOfHope
(The original 25th anniversary present)
The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is a new museum being built in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India. It will be among India’s very first major private art museums, with a goal to share India's artistic heritage while also igniting a new modern museum culture. MAP connects India's past, present, and future by showcasing historical artifacts alongside modern and contemporary works, folk art, textiles, painting, sculpture and photography. The MAP collection currently has more than 18,000 works ranging from the 12th Century to the present day. The first 7000 objects and the first six million dollars were donated by Abhishek Poddar.
As an artist I am always up for contributing to projects like this so I created the “Coronalilly” using toilet paper and tissues!