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Bardessono Hotel Tillandsia

Yountville, CA

This living installation of over 800 tillandsia replaces what would have been cut flower arrangements in four prominent niches of the Bardessono Hotel’s main entry. With construction almost complete and no drainage or irrigation possible for a standard vertical garden Flora Grubb and Kevin Smith invited Seth Boor to collaborate on a design solution. The result is an elegant mounting system that echoes the existing hotel aesthetic while filling the entry niches with a living surface of individual gemlike tillandsia, each mounted separately and floating in front of a rusted steel backdrop.

Location: Yountville, CA
Completion: January 2009
Contractor: Kevin Smith
Photography: Boor Bridges Architecture
Client Website: Bardessono

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