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Teena Parker’s
“Wind in the Museum”

with 100% locally grown stems

inspired by Clyde Singer’s

“Wind on the Avenue”


This is my first time attending Art in Bloom, let alone participating in it.


If you would’ve told me four years ago that I’d have a piece on display in a museum—alongside so many incredibly talented local designers—I would’ve laughed

Speaking of jokes, that’s what a floral arrangement is like: If you have to explain it, it’s probably not that good.

But I'd like to explain myself anyway....

Here’s the philosophy behind what I’ve been jokingly calling “Wind in the Museum”: Tulips are one of the few flowers that will continue to grow once you cut it from its roots. And, as they grow, they also follow the light.



So… I have no way of knowing what kind of a mess this arrangement might look like on Friday—let alone Saturday or Sunday—but here’s a photo of what it looked like at Thursday’s opening gala:




And now I’m going to simply let these tulips go wherever the wind takes them.


After 10 years of working in the wedding industry, Teena started Ampersand Flowers & Events in 2019.


In addition to wedding flowers, she also offers officiating, planning, and day-of coordinating.




As a Gemini / air sign, she was instantly drawn to Clyde Singer’s “Wind…,” which depicts a now-defunct department store at the corner of West Town and South High streets in the mid-1930s.


As a Columbus native—who used to frequent that same Lazarus store with her grandmother in the 1980s—Teena really wanted to create an arrangement inspired by a painting by an Ohio artist.


She'd like to thank the Columbus Museum of Art for allowing her to participate in this year’s event. It’s the most exciting thing she’s ever done—and she used to play roller derby!?

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