Street art in New York City has come a long way in the last few decades.
Graffiti that was once a symbol of the 1970s decline, bleakly daubed as it was on subway trains, is now celebrated in huge, commissioned murals.
However, the street art of Lewis Miller, a local event and floral designer, is using petals rather than paint to give the city some color.
An event and floral designer by trade, Miller pounds the streets in his spare time looking for opportunities for his installations.
These opportunities typically come in the form of the humble trash can.
Sitting there like empty vases, they make the perfect vessels for his unheralded hunks of horticultural handicraft.
In other words, Miller and his team fill them with beautiful flower displays.
Considering them to be ‘labors of love’, Miller pays for the bouquets out of his own pocket.
Irini Greenbaum, the company director, told Today, “They’re our flowers to New York. That’s really the message: to gift flowers to New Yorkers for no other reason than to make them smile.”
You can check out some of the so-called Flower Bandits’ best work, as featured on the Lewis Miller Design Instagram page, by using the arrow keys or swiping right here.