Fabulous Florals return to the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive 2013

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…a moss-covered angel descending onto the San Diego Museum of Art!

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive 2013

Bella Meyer’s moss angel for Art Alive 2013

Intrigued? That’s just one of the stunning sights that visitors to the museum’s annual Art Alive exhibition will see. This three-day floral festival enlists local designers to create arrangements inspired by the master works in the museum’s permanent collection, but that’s not all. Each year, one special designer is selected to transform the museum’s atrium into a wonderland of sights and smells. This year, San Diego is honored to have Bella Meyer, granddaughter of artist Marc Chagall and founder and creative director for FleursBella Beautifiers in New York City, designing the centerpiece of Art Alive.

Creating Art Alive

Working around the clock, Bella and her crew began installing the massive floral structures on Sunday. By Friday morning, the museum’s atrium will have been transformed into a magical forest of greens, blues and whites. Bella explains that San Diego, Balboa Park and the museum’s architecture were the inspiration for this year’s atrium creation.

San Diego Museum Art's Art Alive 2013

Designers work furiously to install the floral arrangements.

Upon first visiting San Diego a year ago, Bella was struck by the melting pot of cultures she experienced in San Diego and Balboa Park, particularly the Mexican culture mixed with Nordic and Spanish influences. Bella interprets these influences into the plant life, mixing Nordic birch and Spanish moss with native San Diego fauna to create her masterpiece.

Bella Meyer's floral wonderland - Art Alive

Bella Meyer’s floral wonderland begins to take shape. What will the finished result look like?

“Balboa Park is like a fantasy land,” notes Bella. “I want to create a world where anything becomes possible.” In the fantasy world that Bella will create, guests will wander through an enchanted forest on the ground floor before ascending to a heavenly space above filled with fragrant white flowers, where a 12-ft moss angel descends into the atrium below.

Another creation that Bella calls the “Moss Muse” will greet visitors outside of the museum, beckoning them inside to explore the floral arrangements as well as the Spanish masters on view. And Bella’s creations aren’t the only unbelievable floral artworks you’ll see – one of this year’s designers has interpreted a bronze sculpture entirely in broccoli.

If all this sounds unbelievable, that’s understandable – Art Alive truly has to been seen to be believed. Don’t miss your chance to see this annual extravaganza before it disappears!

Art Alive to Go

Take a piece of Art Alive home with you! Some of the items for sale at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive pop-up shop.

Art Alive Events

  • Sip champagne, dine on treats from San Diego’s top restaurants, and dance the night away at the grand Opening Celebration, on Friday, April 26, 7–11 p.m.
  • Enjoy a hip sip and party into the wee hours with Flowers After Hours, on Friday, April 26, 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM.
  • Shop for unique items at a discount during a special Museum Store Jewelry Trunk Show on April 27 and 28, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Families can try their hands at the “Garden of Activities,” featuring arts and crafts for children and families to do together, on April 27 and 28, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.
  • Enjoy a screening of the “Floral Feature Film,” the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors. The special screening includes a pre-film lecture by local film critic Beth Accomando, plus a box of sweet or savory snacks and your choice of beverages on April 27, 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Art in Bloom at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art
Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

One of the best smelling museum events in the country returns to San Diego this April. If you’ve never experienced the San Diego Museum of Art‘s “Art Alive,” prepare to have your senses overwhelmed. The museum is a treat for the eyes all year long, but the annual Art Alive event transforms the galleries into a floral explosion that’s a feast for eyes and nose alike.

At the heart of the event is a spectacular exhibition where floral designers are invited to interpret works from the museum’s collection in their medium. The beautiful floral creations are presented alongside the original works throughout the galleries from April 13 – 15. However, Art Alive is more than just a weekend exhibition of floral arrangements – it’s also a time to celebrate and learn. From the elegant Opening Reception to the hip Flowers After Hours to the educational events for both kids and adults, Art Alive features a variety of ways to get involved and have some fun with flowers.

Want a preview of what you can expect to see? Check out last year’s video preview of the event!

For a complete listing of Art Alive events, visit the San Diego Museum of Art’s website.


Boundless Energy on Display at Birch Aquarium

Propel this mechanical fish with solar energy at Birch Aquarium

Boundless Energy, Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ new exhibit, opens Sat. July 9.

The interactive exhibit explores the science behind renewable energy with fun outdoor installations powered by the sun, wind, and waves.  The hands-on activities create a dynamic outdoor play area that offers hours of fun for the child in all of us.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. Visit for more information.

Benjamin Eastman

Highlighting SPACE in Air & Space Museum

Build your own colony on Mars!

The San Diego Air & Space Museum has an exhibition entitled SPACE: A Journey To Our Future.

A brand new selection of awesome hands-on areas make up this fun-filled exhibit! And while it is scheduled to be on display through January 2012, don’t let that be a reason for putting off this very cool experience!

While featuring lots of great memorabilia from the various stages of the Space Race (including moon rocks, space suits, and collections of mission patches, pins, etc), what really drew my attention was all of the great interactive and technology based exhibits that are featured. From their 360 degree theater to an area that allows you to build your own colony on Mars, the SPACE exhibit does a fantastic job of immersing you into all things Space. Their 3D/4D theater is even playing excerpts from the Hollywood movie, “Fly Me To The Moon”!

Motion-detection technology!

And how fun is it to experience exhibits about the future of space travel by utilizing futuristic technology? One particular exhibit uses motion-sensing technology to detect your hand movements and allows you to place parts of a rocket together to build your perfect space exploration machine. Another exhibit quizzes you on various propulsion systems and allows you to build a spaceship based on whether you intend to explore or colonize the region that you want to visit. The museum even features real-life exercise machines that astronauts use while in space!

Once again the Air & Space Museum has done a fantastic job of blending the fun and educational sides of learning together to make an enjoyable experience for future space travelers of all ages.