More than 250,000 cherry blossoms will be featured at this art installation in Metro Vancouver

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      Cherry-blossom season has yet to arrive to our city this year, but if you want an advance peek at these fan-favourite pink-hued florals, head over to Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway).

      The shopping center’s Grand Court will be home to Blossom at Metropolis (March 5 to 31), a massive art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.

      Created by local interactive-arts company Hfour, the blooms will be reflected in dozens of mirror spheres—some as large as 4 metres—which will create an illusion of endless cherry blossoms hanging above those who walk through the installation.

      Visitors will be able to roam through the site, take photos in the designated selfie zone, or just sit and appreciate the beautiful sight.

      “Our team always aims to create experiential works of art that people can really lose themselves in. With Blossom at Metropolis, we think we’ve achieved something special that everyone, no matter their age or background, will connect to,” Stuart Ward, creative director of Hfour, said in a press statement. “It’s our largest and most visual experience in Canada to date, and we’re excited to share this with Metropolis.”

      A former installation featuring spheres created by Hfour.

      Besides the artistic cherry-blossom display, many workshops will take place at the shopping mall throughout March. Exhibit-goers can learn origami, brush lettering, traditional Japanese paper and fabric art, flower arranging, traditional Japanese folk dancing, and more.

      “Blossom at Metropolis is unlike anything we’ve hosted here before,” said Judy Black, marketing director for Metropolis at Metrotown, in a press statement. “We can’t wait to see the reactions of our guests and how they interpret this art installation, enjoy one of our many workshops, and share their experiences with their family and friends.”

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