Philadelphia Flower Show Reinvisions the Arc de Triomphe

Plastic Arc

Updated March 9, 2017

What would Paris be without the majestic Arc de Triomphe? As part of its participation in the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, with its “Springtime in Paris” theme, Plastics Make it Possible® partnered with artist Michael Dee, to recreate the famous Arc de Triomphe from recycled, reused and virgin plastics.

Dee is known for transforming plastic cups and phosphorescent plastic tubing into unique, vivid, signature installation pieces, and the Arc was no different!

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michael Dee has developed into an international artist exhibiting around the world. After receiving his BA and MFA with a focus in sculpture from Kent State University in the late 90s, Dee assisted the well known Skip Arnold,  who taught him the ins and outs of running a studio and bringing challenging and complex projects to life. Dee currently splits his time between his downtown LA and Bushwick Brooklyn studios, and continues to exhibit at world renowned venues and shows including Newman Popisahvili, New York (2005), Angela Hanley, Los Angeles (2006), Weisman Museum, Malibu (2007), Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2008), and Western Project, Los Angeles (2009).

The Plastics Make it Possible® Arc de Triomphe was located in the Grand Hall at 2011 Flower Show and was recycled locally afterward.