This week, the genius of California-born floral artist Maurice Harris has bloomed on the east coast. A new installation at New York’s Rockefeller Center, a continuation of its partnership with Art Production Fund, has just opened, featuring work from Harris’s “Shades of Blackness Vol. 2 #untouched #nofilter #naturalopulence” and “Shades of Blackness Vol. 3 Don’t Touch My Hair” photographic portrait series paired with his signature whimsical floral arrangements. Presented as vinyl murals, the portraits represent a new medium for the artist, proving his creativity is ever-expanding.
Located throughout the Rockefeller Center campus, the mixed-media floral installations and bold portraiture are stippled by intricate detail. It is work that exudes natural beauty, at once standout and harmonious, embodying “a fairytale-like quality, reframed within the Black experience,” says Harris.