The very nice team at the MoMA Design Store asked me to help them celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tibor Kalman’s Sky Umbrella. As a long-time member of the MoMA, I was happy to agree to participate and support the museum's excellent design store. I also happen to be a big a fan of the umbrella itself, which appears to be a plain, black model from the exterior, but features a blue sky with clouds on the underside of the umbrella. (The playful fluffy clouds always remind me of the sky in Magritte's 'The Empire of Light,' which is part of the permanent collection at MoMA.)
MoMA Design Store asked me to "photograph or feature the umbrella in your own, unique style and setting." They usually say that April showers bring May flowers, but this year, May flowers started appearing in March and we've had very little rain. As a tribute to this unusual spring, I chose to shoot the last of the tulips in my front yard with the Sky Umbrella as a backdrop.
In honor of the Sky Umbrella's 20th anniversary, MoMA is generously offering a 20% discount on all versions of the Sky Umbrella on momastore.org. Simply enter the code “SKY20” upon checkout; the offer ends on April 30, 2012.