A Delaware designer and artist has earned a bronze medal in the display gardens category at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.
Bellefonte resident Christian Kanienberg has designed and built works for the Philly Flower Show since 2004 under his WISH Unlimited banner.
“WISH Unlimited is essentially an organization which is representative of my artistry; I do a little bit of everything as far as murals, original sculpture, interior design, installations - kind of you name it - creativeland,” said Kanienberg.
This is the third year Kanienberg produced his own exhibit - it’s called “disPLACEd,” “disPLACEd is a living art installation much like my two previous years where I’ve exclusively been in charge of my own exhibit. disPLACEd focuses - well it plays off of the theme of the show which is “Riviera Holiday” and the Mediterranean region, but I went the opposite route and I focused on more contemporary issues around the refugee crisis.”
Kanienberg says the botanicals in his installation represent the lives of those refugees. Flower Haus in Shepherdstown, West Virginia provided those botanicals.
“I focused on doing five vignettes where both floral - a full-range of botanicals from plants and dried materials - kind of combined with hardscape and props and sculptural elements to represent the five top nations that are suffering from the refugee crisis,” Kanineberg said.
Last year Kanienberg produced “Feed Your Head,” for the Philly Flower Show -- using the show's theme of “Flower Power,” to explore the legacy of the Woodstock Music Festival in its 50th anniversary year.
You still have time to see “disPLACEd” at the Philly Flower Show. It runs through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.