San Diego artist Michael Stutz is the man behind the Flame Flower. His numerous private and public art projects include "PneumaticDreamer" for the W Hotel in San Francisco. His preference for creating organic forms with a labor-intensive woven technique was developed when he lived in New Orleans and built sculptures for Mardi Gras. Recently his installation at the Westin received an honor from the city of San Diego proclaiming May 15 as "Westin Gaslamp Quarter Flame Flower Celebration Day." Seriously!
The Westin is located in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown surrounded by shops, restaurants, theaters, art galleries and nightclubs. Just last year, the hotel unveiled new rooms that include beige and cream color schemes, multi-purpose furniture, natural light-colored wood and stone accents and high-tech amenities like frosted light-up mirrors in the bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Downstairs, new looks for the hotel's lobby, lounges, restaurants and other public spaces are set to be revealed soon (according to the hotel's Facebook page.)
Wanna get up close and personal with the "Flame Flower"? The hotel is offering a "Transformation" Package available for $199 per night that includes free parking and a $50 food and beverage credit in their new Pinzimini restaurant. Make your reservations at www.westingaslamp.com or by calling 619-239-2200.
[Photo: Westin Gaslamp Quarter]