Smithsonian Gardens and Embassy of Japan Announce “Art in Bloom” Installation

March 22, 2021
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Sculpture shaped like cherry blossom sits in front of Smithsonian Castle

Credit: Smithsonian Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens has announced the display of three sculptures in the Enid A. Haupt Garden as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Art in Bloom” project. The sculptures were sponsored by the Embassy of Japan and will be on display in the northeast terrace near the Arts and Industries Building of the garden March 20–May 31.

Art in Bloom” is a community-wide public art exhibition presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The project celebrates visual arts by bringing 26 oversized cherry blossom sculptures, with unique designs by local artists, to outdoor locations across the Washington, D.C., area. Sponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the three sculptures in the Haupt Garden symbolize the lasting friendship between Japan and the U.S. 

“Smithsonian Gardens is excited to display these sculptures in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, as we celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival,” said Joy Columbus, director of Smithsonian Gardens. “All of our gardens continue to be a place of beauty and respite in challenging times, and we are glad to add these great features to bring even more hope and smiles for our visitors this season. The special meaning behind these sculptures and relationship with the Japanese Embassy, National Cherry Blossom Festival and our community as a whole makes this such a fun and happy way to welcome spring.”

“The Embassy of Japan is proud to sponsor these sculptures to honor the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and to commemorate the generous support from our American friends during our time of need,” said Mizobuch Masashi, spokesperson for the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. “The blossoms carry a special meaning this year, and their blooming around the Tidal Basin gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our enduring appreciation and dedication to our American partners. The sculptures honor our friendship with the U.S. as symbols of a truly unshakable friendship.”

About the Sculptures and Artists

“Renewal Blossom” by Ameena Fareeda
“Renewal Blossom” is an ode to traditional floral motifs that symbolize renewal and resilience, which speak to both the fleetingness of time and brighter days to come. The artwork pays homage to Japanese heritage and how Japanese people have overcome obstacles, seen significant rebuilding progress and reemerged with support from their U.S. partners.

“Blossoms on the Mall” by Jaleel Davis
“Blossoms on the Mall” celebrates the unity of two cultures spanning more than a century: Japanese cherry trees, bestowed over 100 years ago, blend in harmony with iconic Washington landmarks to illustrate a rich, joint legacy of alliance. The depiction depicts the spirit of the present partnership between the countries and the lasting ties shared.

“Chiyogami Compilation” by Paige Friedman
“Chiyogami Compilation” is a vibrant take on blending traditional and modern techniques. Its collage approach celebrates the coming together of two unique cultures into a beautiful partnership and a shared bright future.

The Haupt Garden is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. New safety protocols have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including requiring visitors to wear face coverings during their visits and placement of signs and markers throughout the garden to ensure social distancing. More information about the Haupt Garden and safety protocols is available on the Smithsonian Gardens website. All Smithsonian museums are currently closed due to COVID-19. 

About Smithsonian Gardens

Since its inception in 1972, Smithsonian Gardens has extended the Smithsonian’s museum experience in a public garden setting, inspiring visitors with exceptional displays and educating them about horticulture, plants, the natural and build environments and artistic design. Its research and educational programs promote the ongoing development of collections of living plants, garden documentation and horticultural artifacts. Smithsonian Gardens is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, visit the Smithsonian Gardens website.

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