Sarah McKenzie

A funky survivor

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In a North Loop low-rise that descends into a railroad ravine, artists maintain a foothold in Downtown

North Loop floral designers Liz Bastian and Heidi Skoog peddle "tough-girl" flowers -- petals wrapped in metal or leather.

They're also keen on flowers considered "un-cool," such as carnations and mums.

They don't call themselves artists, but their work has an artsy and edgy quality not seen in a standard bouquet. For the nearby ReSee Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. N., the floral artists lined an enclosed Plexiglas table with a layer of green mums floating in water.

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