The National Gallery of Victoria’s cheerful exhibition of crocheted, felted and knitted flowers, mounted on recycled bicycle wheels, reminds stoic Melbournians that, in the depths of winter, spring and all its beauty is just around the corner.
The “Winter Garden” exhibition in Federation Square’s Fracture Gallery art space, features a series of 63 colourful floral motifs comprising massed individual blooms created by hundreds of makers across Australia and beyond. It’s a project of the “5000 Poppies” movement.
Each of the flowers has been lovingly created with skill and imagination.
The philosophy of the exhibition’s curators is exemplified by a quotation from Albert Camus.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger, something better, pushing right back.”
This exhibition has just one purpose: to make us smile.
Knitting flowers whilst dreaming of spring- what better way to keep warm in winter?