For my spring maze I wanted to pick something that is a universal sign that spring is here. There’s no better sign that spring has arrived than seeing tulips popping up through the dirt.
As I tried to figure out which specific tulip to draw I kept coming back to the story of “tulip mania”. If you’re not familiar with “tulip mania”, the basic story is that it was considered to be one of the first speculative bubbles that drove the price of tulip bulbs to an outrageous rate.
If you’re above a certain age you have lived through several speculative bubbles and history continues to repeat itself. The most recent bubble that comes to mind is the BitCoin bubble but I’ve also been through the .com bubble and the housing bubble in my short adult life.
The reason I picked the Semper Augustus tulip is because it is possibly the most rare, famous and interesting tulip from the “tulip mania” story. At one point Semper Augustus tulip bulbs were selling for more than a house at the time. If you think it’s crazy that someone would pay that much for a flower remember it wasn’t that long ago that someone paid over $90,000 for a Princess Diana Beanie Baby.
Below are the color tests and sketches from the prep for the tulip maze. It was important that I got the color correct because it’s one of the distinguishing features of the Semper Augustus tulip. I always do a test scan and print to make sure colors will translate correctly when the mazes are converted into the digital format.
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