C California Style

Inside Orange County’s Exquisite Upside-Down Garden

by C California Style

Artist Rebecca Louise Law suspends 8,000 local flowers in a new installation

British artist Rebecca Louise Law gathers freshly cut flowers, winds them with copper wire and suspends them for a magical 3-D effect that has fashion houses and fine-jewelry outfits clamoring to commission her ethereal, submersive work. This summer, for the first time in Southern California, Law brings her upside-down meadows to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate in San Clemente. Using 8,000 native and drought-resistant blooms culled from the property’s 2.5 acres, plus flowers donated from master gardeners, horticultural societies, Boy and Girl Scout troops and other organizations all over the Orange and San Diego counties, the resulting exhibition allows viewers to touch, smell and plunge themselves into a sea of lavender, yarrow and climbing roses. “Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law,” June 9-Aug. 13.  415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139; casaromantica.org



This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of C Magazine.

The Hated Flower, 2014, at the Coningsby Gallery in London. Photography courtesy of Rebecca Louise Law.