The Arrangement is an American competitive reality TV where ten floral arrangers compete to win the title of “America’s Best Floral designer”. The show aired for 8 episodes in 2010. The set backdrop is a living wall that has the name of the show floating in front of it, creating a lush background for filming.
There were several challenges in this installation. The installation for the Arrangement needed to look like it was mounted to a brick wall, but really be mounted to a freestanding wall in front of the brick wall. The name of the show needed to float in front of the wall. Additionally the studio where the show is shot had no natural lighting. Portable grow lights needed to be rigged, when the set was dark, up in order to provide lighting for the plants.
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The set of the show, where the wall was installed, was completely dark. Regular full spectrum florescent lights were set up on carts by the production art department. The carts were rolled into place in front of the wall and plugged in when there was no filming going on. The shoot lasted for one month.
The installation was composed of (20) Wally Fives in Chocolate with reservoir. The install is (10) pockets high and (10) Pockets wide. The installation covered an area approx., 11’ high and 17’ wide.
The initial planting required approx. (160) 6”, 8” and 1 gallon plants to create an instant lush effect:
Bromiliad – Yellow and Red
Maranta Leuconeura Erythroneura – Boston Fern
Ficus –Rubber Plant
Maranta leuconeura Erythroneura –Prayer Plant
The wall was watered by drip irrigation that was manually connected to an outdoor spigot approximately once a week (see diagram of a standard hose connection). The drip-line used was 1/4” self-regulating ½ gph emitters spaced every 6”.