new york-based artist mr. flower fantastic first wowed the internet when he turned serena williams’ air max 97 into a floral masterpiece during the US open. AKA ‘MFF’, the anonymous artist has made a name for combining floristry, sculpture, and today’s most sought-after sneakers.

mr flower fantastic turns sneakers into floral bouquets

images courtesy of mr. flower fantastic / via instagram

 

 

mr. flower fantastic arranges buds of varying colours to form familiar footwear features and recognizable brand markings. details — like nike ticks, or heel loops — are fashioned from individual petals. he uses tulips, roses, lilies, orchids carnations, and various variety of flowers from turkey, the middle east, caribbean, holland, north america and south america.

mr flower fantastic turns sneakers into floral bouquets

 

 

raised in queens, NY, MFF was influenced by the flowers in his own home as well as the flower gardens in his neighborhood. he says his desire to remain anonymous is to leave focus on the ‘powerful universal gift of flowers to humanity‘, which he aims to give full presence in his creative art compositions. ‘flowers are said to be the memory knowledge of truth and every seed begins with a flower. throughout history the exchange of flowers was designed to bring peace. with my art and the platform I have been given, thats exactly what I intend to do.

mr flower fantastic turns sneakers into floral bouquets

 

 

as well as safeguarding his anonymity, MFF wears gloves and a mask to protect him from the flowers. but being allergic to his chosen medium has not stopped the artist from expressing himself: ‘when I started to do this series, I was really excited to do it, because I knew the impact sneakers had on my life. I was really excited to showcase and pay homage to the wonderful, incredible designers and athletes who have made those shoes, in particular the ones who have changed our culture, our way of shopping, our way of thinking, and our way of designing through those shoes‘, he told solecollector in an interview explaining his art.

mr flower fantastic turns sneakers into floral bouquets

 

 

as well as sharing his work online, mr. flower fantastic sometimes leaves or drops off his flower arrangements in random locations in new york and other cities he visits. he does so by creating a sort of ‘bouquet treasure hunt’ offering his followers a location and visual clues through his instagram stories. while MFF’s flower arrangements are satisfyingly rare (keep an eye out his instagram), prints of the shoes are also available to purchase online.

mr flower fantastic turns sneakers into floral bouquets

mr flower fantastic turns sneakers into floral bouquets

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news