NYC-ARTS tags along with Manhattan florist Lewis Miller on a “Flower Flash,” one of his unique floral installations.

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> TWO YEARS AGO, MANHATTAN FLORIST LOUIS MILLER DECIDED TO BRIGHTEN UP NEW YORK, BY SHARING HIS ART WITH THE PUBLIC.

SINCE THEN, HIS POP-UP ARRANGEMENTS KNOWN AS FLOWER FLASHES APPEAR ALL OVER THE CITY, USUALLY ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH.

COME WITH US, AS WE TAG AWRONG FOR ONE OF THESE EARLY MORNING ADVENTURES.

FLOWERS WERE ALWAYS PART OF MY DNA.

I CAME FROM A FAMILY OF GARDNERS.

I WENT FROM HORTICULTURE TO THE FLOWER WORLD.

HERE I AM.

THE FLOWER FLASH WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS KIND OF BOPPING AROUND MY BRAIN FOR A WHILE.

IT DIDN'T HAVE A NAME.

IT WAS SORT OF MORE THIS VAGUE IDEA OF HOW TO TAKE FLOWERS AND FUSE THEM IN AN URBAN CITY ENVIRONMENT.

SO IT FINALLY GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS VERY SATISFIED WITH BUSINESS, THINGS GOING SUPER WELL.

AND KIND OF NEEDING TO FEEL CREATIVELY ENERGIZED AGAIN, BUT ALSO FEELING THE NEED IN MY OWN WAY TO GIVE BACK.

I'M SURROUNDED BY FLOWERS ON A DAILY BASIS AS ARE MY CLIENTS.

AND WE TEND TO GET IMMUNE TO HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE, AND WHAT AN EXPRESSION OF JOY.

IT'S REALLY ABOUT TAKING THAT.

MERGING IT WITH THE TEXTURE AND GRIT OF OUR URBAN CITY LIFE.

CREATING SOMETHING THAT'S SPONTANEOUS.

VERY FLEETING AND SORT OF ABSTRACT.

WE SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME REALLY FINDING LOCATIONS THAT FEEL NEW YORK FIRST.

THAT COMBINED WITH THE SEASON.

WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD AND ALSO THE FLOWER FLASHES ARE ACCUMULATION OF OLD FLOWERS IN THE FLOWER MARKET, STUFF THAT'S LEFT OVER FROM THE STUDIO AND STUFF THAT'S LEFT OVER FROM EVENTS.

WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THAT AS WELL.

THESE FLASHES HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY.

WE PLAN IT TO A CERTAIN EXTENT THEN WE JUST DO IT, AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

THERE'S A LITTLE ANXIOUS ENERGY, IT'S USUALLY DARK, A LOT OF TIMES IT'S COLD.

FLOWERS ARE FOR NEW YORKERS.

THEY ARE FOR THE PEOPLE, AND I WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE THEM AND INTERACT WITH THEM.

OBVIOUSLY, TAKE A PICTURE, TAKE A BLOSSOM, TAKE SOME HOME.

NEW YORK IS NEW YORK, ALL THESE PEOPLE PILED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER.

TO ME, THE TWO BIGGEST LUXURIES IN THE CITY ARE NATURE AND SPACE.

THE MORE THAT WE CAN HAVE THESE KIND OF SOFT MOMENTS OF BEAUTY AND JOY FOR NO OTHER REASON.

EVEN IF IT'S FOR AN HOUR OR TEN MINUTES.

JOB IS DONE.