I got to attend a media preview event of the art installation. All opinions below are my own.
The art installation opened at Metropolis at Metrotown, in the Grand Court, on March 5th and runs until the 31st. There are more than 250,000 cherry blossoms on display and big silver spheres surrounding them. The mirror spheres will create the illusion of infinite blossoms everywhere that you look. The exhibit is really beautiful and unlike anything I had seen before. The installation was created by Vancouver interactive-arts company Hfour. Hfour work has been showcased worldwide in Los Angeles, New York, Toyko just to name a few. Blossom at Metropolis is more than Instagram worthy and it is encouraged to wander and take pictures. They even have a “selfie” station. There are floral art and Japanese cultural workshops taking place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
MUJI Canada will be partnering up for workshop Wednesday’s. Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre will be there for Tuesday and Thursday events. You can see the full schedule here. The activities include origami, brush lettering, flower arranging, traditional Japanese folk dancing and more. Some workshops require pre-registration and some have age restrictions.
Metropolis at Metrotown is giving away gift cards this March as well. There are kiosks beside the installation at the mall to be entered to win a $1000 gift card. There is a weekly Blossom Prize Package or a $500 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card by sharing your installation photos on Instagram using the hashtag #METBlossom and @metropolisatmet.
When: March 5th to 31st
Where: Grand Court, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Time: Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday and holidays 11am to 7pm