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If you see a bus stop or footpath bedecked in a seemingly random burst of florals today—don’t be alarmed.

Inspired by the work of New York designer and florist Lewis Miller—whose “flower flash” installations in trash cans across New York City first sparked global Instagram joy in 2016—CIT florists are preparing to flower bomb the streets of Canberra.

Today, four locations around the city will burst into bloom as students from CIT’s Floristry Certificate III flex their creative muscles.

From Wednesday 17 November until Friday 19 November ‘Street Stems’ installations will be popping up at Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Barton, Canberra Centre, the Heritage ACTION bus stop on the corner of Haydon Drive and Mary Potter Circuit, Bruce and on the CIT campus in Bruce (near CIT H block).

CIT Floristry teacher Narelle Phillips says Street Stems is the students’ response to a COVID-restricted Canberra.

“As part of their course, the students design and create a floral display. However, due to COVID restrictions, lockdown and social distancing regulations, we were unsure if a traditional indoor display would be possible,” she explains.

“Students were researching the work of international florists and came across Lewis Miller, who is renowned for Flower Flash projects. Miller creates floral installations in the street and invites the general public to take the blooms away. His installations have also been designed to thank healthcare and other frontline workers in New York. This seemed like the perfect solution to our display challenge.”

As with Miller’s creations, Street Stems encourages Canberrans to take a stem as they pass (to spark some post-lockdown joy), with installations inspired by the Canberra community, including Braddon’s Rainbow Roundabout that celebrates LGBTQIA+ pride.

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