Blossom at Metropolis
From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court hosted Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of over 250,000 cherry blossoms. Created by Vancouver interactive-arts company Hfour, Blossom at Metropolis encouraged people to wander, take photos (including in an Instagram-worthy “selfie zone”), and sit in awe of the quarter-million-plus blossoms, which were reflected in dozens of mirror spheres (with the largest being 4 metres in size) that created the illusion of infinite blooms hanging above them.
As well, a variety of floral art and Japanese cultural workshops were held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the installation’s 27 days, presented in collaboration with MUJI (Workshop Wednesdays) and Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Workshops included origami, brush lettering, traditional Japanese paper and fabric art, flower arranging, traditional Japanese folk dancing, and much more.