Years ago, Abhishek Poddar gave his parents a fantastic gift for the 25th wedding anniversary – an art installation of 25 flowers! Working with well-known artists from across India, each would contribute a single flower, one for each year the couple spent together. And, each image would capture a special moment from their marriage expressed through the artist’s unique style.

Now, perhaps more so than ever, it is essential to celebrate the goodness in our lives. In the words of Abishek himself, “at times like these, we hold on to precious memories – of family times, of challenges we managed to overcome, of personal journeys we ventured on.” It is with these thoughts in mind that Abishek, the Founder of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) of Bangalore, India, sought to create something exceptional for us to celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Art & Photography, Bangalore, India.

How to Send Virtual Flowers to Mom

Flowers have always been the perfect Mother’s Day gift because they symbolize life, love, and hope. In fact, the carnation is one of the longest standing symbols of Mother’s Day in the United States.

Starting May 4th, send mom a free virtual bouquet, with help from MAP and their Bouquet of Hope.

Over a thousand flowers have come from around the world – including from Michele Oka Doner, Ralph Gibson, Jay Levenson (MoMA), Zandra Rhodes, Fern Mallis, Daisy Soros, Colin B. Bailey (Morgan Library & Museum) – to MAP’s Bouquet of Hope. Some were drawn or painted; others photographed their garden or a motif from fabric. MAP is creating the world’s largest flower bouquet to inspire hope, something we all need now more than ever.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can pick your favorite flowers and virtually send a bouquet to mom. You can also still submit a flower of your own and build a bouquet around it!

Send flowers and submit your own to www.bouquetofhope.in. 

Be sure to use #BouquetofHope and tag @MAPBangalore when posting on social media channels. And don’t forget to support others who are sharing their experiences!

Do you need more Mother’s Day gift ideas? Be sure to check out our Mother’s Day gift guide!

For something more personal, don’t miss these 10 DIY Mother’s Day gifts that anyone can make. 

About The Museum of Art & Photography

The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is a new museum being built in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.  It will be among India’s very first major private art museums, with a goal to share India’s artistic heritage while also igniting a new modern museum culture. MAP connects India’s past, present, and future by showcasing historical artifacts alongside modern and contemporary works, folk art, textiles, painting, sculpture and photography. The MAP collection currently has more than 18,000 works ranging from the 12th Century to the present day. The first 7000 objects and the first six million dollars were donated by Abhishek Poddar.

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