“Bloom,” by Anna Schuleit

In 2003, before being demolished and replaced with a updated facility, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center was the site of a 4-day public art installation by artist Anna Schuleit, called “Bloom.” Schuleit undertook the task of memorializing the 91-year-old institution and the thousands of lives that it had touched through the epic project. With the use of 28,000 potted flowers including white tulips, blue African violets, red Regina mums, and orange begonias, “Bloom” encapsulated the hope of new life and growth of the patients that were part of the worn building’s history.

For more on the installation, including an interview with the artist, click here.


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