‘Life Takes Flight’ as Donor Families Decorate Floral Portraits of Loved Ones
The 119th Rose Parade will take place Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 in Pasadena, California at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the world. Following the Rose Parade, at 2 p.m. (PST), the 94th Rose Bowl Game will feature an exciting match-up between two championship teams, University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the University of Southern California Trojans, once again showcasing the best of collegiate football.
The photos of their smiling faces – many of them still young – look as if they were taken just yesterday. But the faces gracing the Donate Life Rose Parade float are those of organ, eye and tissue donors who in their passing saved, healed and gave hope to thousands of people in need. And in December, more than 30 of these donors’ families traveled from 15 states to Pasadena to transform images of their loved ones into “floragraphs” that will adorn the Donate Life float, Life Takes Flight, in the 2008 Rose Parade.
Floragraphs are artistic portraits created by using spices, seeds, and other organic materials to cover a digitized photograph of the individual. The final image is astonishingly realistic, recognizable and a fitting memorial to organ, eye and tissue donors everywhere.
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