The Flora Series is actually the first series of Venusian sculptures Ehlenberger
developed in beginning what has now become a strong theme within his body
of work. His intent was to create a series of works with a lyrical nature,
sculptures that would embody a sense of spring optimism. As he did so,
the work took on a distinctive, other-worldly plant like nature and out
of this came the development of a whole Venusian World.
The common denominator within the Flora Series are graceful, curved aluminum
"leaves" with "blossoms" of neon appearing from within
or behind the body of the sculpture. While the initial series were free-standing
for floor or pedestal display, he later developed both wall-mounted and
hanging versions of the Flora sculptures.
The result is a series of sculptures that embody what the artist refers
to as "graceful optimism" within the framework of a fantasy