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Floral Designer Turns NYC Trash Cans Into Giant Vases

Each trashcan that he creates brings some beauty to the streets of NYC.

Louis Miller is a floral designer based in New York City. He has proven himself to be quite the artist, transforming some of the dirtiest garbage cans in the city into vases with larger-than-life flowers. He calls them “Flower Flashes,” and describes them as beautiful arrangements that bring color to the streets of New York City.

Lewis is the owner of Lewis Miller Design, a company that has the specialty of decorating and designing with flowers. He is more than just somebody who works with flowers, however, he is an artist. He uses flowers that have been left from former events and his team works along with him to turn the trash cans on the city streets into beautiful bouquets of flowers.

When you see the contrast of the colorful creation with the gray tone of the sidewalk, it is quite pleasing to the eyes. Lewis says the following on his website: “Gifting flowers to New Yorkers is a simple idea that I have been thinking about for years. I am in the business of fantasy and flowers, and it’s my job to transform key moments in my clients’ lives into joyful, everlasting memories. I wanted to recreate a similar feeling for the everyday city-dwellers and tourists of New York City.”

Along with the beautiful makeovers in the city, he also makes improvements to the local area by putting cut flowers on sculptures, statues, and other public artwork. It all is done with the same goal in mind, “to try to create an emotional response through flowers.”

Each trashcan that he creates brings some beauty to the streets of NYC.

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Cherry Blossoms are blooming in New York City. Extraordinary healthcare workers are showing up every day saving lives and essential workers are continuing to keep this great city moving forward. LMD is not sharing the locations of these Cherry Blossom Flashes, we hope you can spot them from your windows, and we hope our New York heroes spot them on their way to work. We 🤍 NYC. #LMDxNYC #flowerflash #lewismillerdesign

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In the voice of Lady Crowley…What is a Flower Flash? Using blooms from last night’s Downton Abbey movie premiere at the Plaza Hotel, this Flash was made entirely of recycled dahlias, wax flowers, roses, hydrangea and smilax, giving them all a very glamorous first and second life! #flowerflash #lmdxnyc #flowerbandit @downtonabbey_official @florisspecialevents @theplazahotel

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Van Gogh on the Bowery. #flowerflash #lmdxnyc #flowersfornewyork #flowerbandit 🌻 #summahinthecity

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Along with creating beautiful trash cans with flowers, he also has other Flower Flashes that you see throughout the city.

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This Flower Flash made before dawn today on 22 Wooster Street, could be described as non-essential work but it was a solo mission and a safe one. It is dedicated to all the New York healthcare workers who give us hope and serve as constant reminders that there is true goodness in this world. Thank you so much. #staypositive #flowerflash #lmdxnyc #smallgesture #hugethanks #stayhome

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Mental Health Reminder: Flowers are still blooming, Spring is thankfully, still springing. This Flower Flash was made with forsythia branches which are in full bloom right now all over the East Coast. Big thank you to my neighbor who was gracious enough to let me cut some down and bring them indoors yesterday! #brighterdaysahead #staypositive #flowerflash #LMDxNYC

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Chin up, New York! We know it’s been a weird week but there will always be Flower Flashes. And there will always be reminders that joy and hope and beauty abound! LMD took blooms from a canceled event and outfitted this phone booth for your viewing pleasure. Stay healthy! Yours, the Flower Bandit #flowersfornewyork #flowerflash #LMDxNYC @museumofsex

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😉 #LMDxNYC #internationalwomensday

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Where there’s smoke, there’s flowers. This Flower Flash was made in under 12 minutes using handmade grapevine orbs instead of oasis bricks. A true flash and truly sustainable. Next up, tonight’s flower class! We’re sold out through December but we still have a few spots left in our January and February classes. For more info, click on the News section on our website. Link in bio. #LMDxNYC #FlowerFlash #flowerbandit #flowersfornewyork #lewismillerdesign

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#tbt Two weeks ago, while making our sunflower Flower Flash, I literally forgot to use these Forget Me Nots. 😥 I quickly spotted this gorgeous green hydrant and tucked them in and around it. Loving the color combination. New York is our favorite collaborator and she never fails us!! For those who are looking, beauty is around every corner. #flowerflash #flowersfornewyork #flowerbandit #inconstantpursuitofbeauty

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1-800-FLOWER-FLASH 📞 🐞 #flowerflash #LMDxNYC #825WestEndAvenue oh, and #foamfree 😉

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