Let's explore this 3D sculpture and the tidal basin performances
There's a lot going on this weekend in D.C., but these three events look particularly interesting:
1. The Sakura Yume // Cherry Blossom Dream
I'm not sure what this is going to be like, but "psychedelic floating fish light show" seems like a decent description.
This is an immersive, 3D sculpture that almost seems like a digital aquarium. Here's what the website says:
"Step into a moonlit, floating environment where larger than life koi fish and colorful cherry blossom petals react to your presence. Contemplate the beautiful and ephemeral nature of life over an interactive 3D sculpture of a koi pond and walk narrow lantern lit "street" that responds to your footsteps.
SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream is a large-scale seasonal installation created by ARTECHOUSE in collaboration with several artist groups. The installation encompasses five unique activations where elements of Japanese culture and tradition become experiences at the intersection of art and technology."
NOTE: It looks like the tickets are going fast, especially for the night exhibit. Let's all get tickets for the 2 pm show on March 25th. If that time slot sells out before everyone who's interested can get tickets, then we should be able to move our tickets or go as two groups. The exhibit is only 45 to 60 minutes.
2. The Freer and Sackler Galleries
After checking out the modern floating fish light show, let's look at some art that's a few thousand years old.
This museum is just a few blocks from the Cherry Blossom Dream exhibit, and it has a wide range of exhibits with sculptures, paintings, artifacts, and more. There are several new exhibits, too, including one added in February.
Here's what their website says:
"The Freer Gallery houses one of the premier collections of Asian art, with objects dating from Neolithic times to the early twentieth century, as well as the world’s most important collection of works by James McNeill Whistler. The Sackler Gallery features both permanent and temporary exhibitions from ancient times to the present."
You can see their exhibits here: Protected content
Admission is also free.
3. The Sakura Taiko Takeover at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and Performance Stage
This area is hosting events every day from noon to 6 pm, and on this Sunday they're having a special event:
"The Sakura Taiko Takeover at the Tidal Basin is doubling in size this year, featuring Japanese drumming from traditional and innovative groups up and down the east coast."
You can learn more here: Protected content
Let's check it out after (or before) Freer and Sackler galleries.
(And, it's free, too.)
All three of these activities are within a few minutes walk of each other, so let's knock them out in one go.
You don't have to join us for all of these events, either, but we'd love to have you there!
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