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Art in Bloom 2016 is On! March 17-20 at MAM

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Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence

Art in Bloom starts today at the Milwaukee Art Museum and continues through Saturday. Stop down and see our floral interpretation of the Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence. Be sure to stop by and visit our pop-up mobil shop as well.

Our challenge for Milwaukee Art Museum’s Art in Bloom 2016 is the mantle from the Henry Harnischfeger residence. (1878-1945) This fireplace surround side signed by George Mann Niedecken in the “New German Renaissance” style.

“The Flower Lady,” Deb Fowler’s floral interpretation of George Mann Niedecken’s Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence at the Milwaukee Art Museum featuring gorgeous heliconia, eremures, celosia, roses, freesia and protea.
“The Flower Lady,” Deb Fowler’s floral interpretation of George Mann Niedecken’s Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Teammates Deb and Ron pose with their gorgeous floral creation at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Teammates Deb & Ron pose with their gorgeous floral creation.

Detail of the floral arrangement featuring gorgeous heliconia, eremures, celosia, roses, freesia and protea.
A detail of the floral arrangement.

A close up of the stunning “New German Renaissance” tiles on the mantle designed by architect George Mann Niedecken.
A close up of the stunning tiles on the mantle.

The full Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence
The full Fireplace Surround installatin at MAM.

George Mann Niedecken
(American, 1878–1945)

Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), ca. 1905
Glass tile with metal foil backing and original iron frame
44 1/2 × 73 3/8 × 1 1/2 in. (113.03 × 186.37 x 3.81 cm)

This piece was inspired when Harnischfeger, a Milwaukee industrialist, hired Niedecken and a like-minded architect Eugene R. Liebert to design a mansion for him in Grand Avenue. The style was themed “New German Renaissance.” Niedecken treated the mansion’s fireplace hearth’s with glass stylized flowers. His constant goal was to bring nature indoors, and he succeeded admirably with this design.

The Henry Harnischfeger Residence on Grand Avenue
The Henry Harnischfeger Residence on Grand Avenue

See previous years’ Art in Bloom entries on The Flower Lady’s Pinterest board, Art in Bloom — Milwaukee Art Museum