Washington, D.C.’s 5×5 Project Pairs Cherry Blossoms With Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art
After a limp, snowless, utter failure of a winter, residents of Washington, D.C. are reveling in the beauty of spring, a clearly-defined season marked by the spectacular blooming of 3,000 cherry blossom trees that line the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park. It was 100 years ago this year that the people of Tokyo, Japan presented the trees to Washington as a gesture of friendship, and the city is marking the "Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees" with parades, performances, fireworks, and other festivities. But 2012 offers more than just pretty pink flowers to capture your attention. This year, the Cherry Blossom Festival coincides with the 5×5 Temporary Public Art Project, a citywide outdoor art fair that features 25 temporary public art installations at places like the Library of Congress, the National Building Museum, and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Both festivals get started this weekend, and while the cherry blossoms are a sight to behold, the art will take your brain to another dimension entirely.