Art in Bloom Sculpture
Art in Bloom is a community-wide public art exhibition showcasing the visual arts and revealing the creative and whimsical sides of the Festival and the nation’s capital. Twenty-six Art in Bloom sculptures that feature unique designs painted by local artists will be installed in all eight wards of Washington, D.C., plus Maryland’s National Harbor and the Aurora Hills and National Landing neighborhoods in Northern Virginia.
“My intention for this project is to make the giant cherry blossom sculpture look similar to how cherry blossoms are traditionally depicted in classic Japanese style tattoos.” said Mr. Funk. “Since our cherry blossoms at the tidal basin were a gift from Japan I thought it would be a good way to represent their contribution to our city. The way in which they are typically designed in Japanese tattooing is also how they’re done in American Traditional tattooing as well, so it seems especially appropriate for this project.”
The Art in Bloom sculptures are sure to inspire fun and memorable moments. Residents and visitors to the D.C. area can follow the Art in Bloom map to go on a Blossom Hunt for a chance to win Festival prize packages:
- finding the 3D sculptures;
- taking photos and posting them to social media using the #ArtInBloom hashtag; and
- tagging the Festival’s Facebook (@cherryblossomfestival), Instagram (@cherryblossfest), and Twitter (@cherryblossfest) handles.
People who participate in the Blossom Hunt will be randomly selected to receive a Festival prize package and a $25 Amazon gift card (one per week March 20-May 31). In addition, the Festival will randomly select one Grand Prize winner of a $500 Amazon gift card from all entries.
The Art in Bloom exhibition will culminate with a Blossom Auction in late spring 2021. Proceeds from the sale of the sculptures will support National Cherry Blossom Festival programs and community initiatives.
Art in Bloom is being presented by Amazon and supported by Clark Construction Group. Other Art in Bloom supporters include Arena Social Arts Club, Chase, Clark Concrete, DowntownDC Business Improvement District, Embassy of Japan, JBG Smith, Mars, Incorporated, Miller & Long Concrete Construction, National Harbor Special Events, and National Landing.