Lewis Miller was up at 4:30 Wednesday morning, but the New York City-based floral designer wasn’t prepping for a wedding or another high-profile event. He was on his way to fill a trash can on the Upper East Side with flowers.
Over the last few months, Miller has been creating stealth “Flower Flashes” — as he calls them — around New York as part of a Banksy-esque art installation using recycled flowers from events.
“Gifting flowers to New Yorkers is a simple idea that I have been thinking about for years,” Lewis . “I am in the business of fantasy and flowers, and it’s my job to transform key moments in my clients’ lives into joyful, everlasting memories. I wanted to recreate a similar feeling for the everyday city-dwellers and tourists of New York City.”
Miller and his team at create these works of art in 10 minutes or less, and often do it before the sun is up — around 5:30 a.m. typically — leaving a simple chalk-based calling card that reads LMD x NYC and washes away with the rain on the sidewalk.
The Flower Flashes aren’t just for trashcans. Miller has also dressed up well-known landmarks around New York with flowers, including the LOVE statue on Sixth Avenue, the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park and the cat statue in front of the Crosby Street Hotel.
If you’re in New York today, you might be able to catch a glimpse of Miller’s most recent Flower Flash — in a trash can on 90th Street and Madison Avenue — but if you miss it, keep your eye out for more.
“We never broadcast where our next flash will be. They just pop up randomly,” Miller told Vogue.com. “I would love to get some funding to do these flashes on a much larger scale and reach a lot more New Yorkers. I’d also like to Flower Flash other cities — Chicago, Mexico City, Miami, Los Angeles ... they are all on my list.”