Cherry Blossoms Are Fully ‘In Bloom’ at This Interactive Exhibit

Sophia Barnes

The cherry blossoms trees aren't flowering yet, but they're fully blossomed at ARTECHOUSE's newest interactive exhibit, "In Peak Bloom."

Visitors walk into a pastel-filled room meant to making you feel the joy of spring — Even if the weather hasn't caught on yet.

Visitors to previous ARTECHOUSE exhibits will rediscover favorite interactive elements, including playing with projections like in Parallel Universe and making plants sing in response your touch like in New Nature.

The space's grand salon replicates the feeling of getting stuck in a whirlwind of falling blossoms, as multi-colored clouds of flowers respond to visitor's movements. You can swirl them around or send them blowing left and right.

"Blooming," designed by artist Lisa Park, pulls your body's signals using biometric sensors on the floor. A tree projected on the wall blooms if multiple people stand on sensors. If viewers hold hands or hug, the tree's blooms grow faster and stronger.

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In other exhibits, you can walk through a Japanese fabel using augmented reality or set off lights and sounds by touching real-life, growing plants, museum staff say.

This is the second year ARTECHOUSE has celebrated the Cherry Blossom Festival, with 2019 focused on spring and the ephemeral joy of the cherry blossom trees.

"In Peak Bloom" opens to the public on Thursday, March 21 as one of the Cherry Blossom Festival's first activities. Tickets start at $16 for adults and $8 for children and are available online.

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