As one of the five artists invited to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado has contributed a large-scale temporary public sound sculpture called The Cherry Blossom Cloud. It is fashioned from cherry wood in the shape of a xylophone and it is situated outside the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Drumsticks are available for passers-by to activate the work by playing a melody or creating their own musical work.
Description: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) have partnered with the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Celebration from March 20 – April 27, 2012, to increase the visibility of Washington, DC’s art landscape as a world-class cultural destination. The project, entitled 5×5, will exhibit 25 ground-breaking public art installations commissioned by artists from around the world. 5×5 is to be installed concurrently throughout the District of Columbia to activate and enliven publicly accessible spaces and add a layer of creativity and artistic expression. Projects will span all eight wards in the District for the one million plus people expected to take part in the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.
March 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. The cherry blossoms are a symbol in Japanese culture that indicates rebirth. The Festival commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC.
Five national and international curators were selected to work with five artists each to create a public artwork ultimately producing twenty-five temporary installations. These five curators lead the 5×5 implementation process and oversee each artist’s conceptual intent. These are Amy Lipton’s (New York, NY) “BiodiverCITY”; Justine Topfer’s (San Francisco, CA) “Betwixt & Between”; Richard Hollinshead’s (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK) “Magnificent Distance;” Laura Roulet’s (Washington, DC) “Activate => Participate”; and Steve Rowell’s (Los Angeles, CA) 5×5 “Suspension of Disbelief.”
For more information and list of participating artists, see http://www.the5x5project.com/25-citywide-public-art-installations-to-be-unveiled-in-partnership-with-the-national-cherry-blossom-festival/