April 12, 2022 – Petalpalooza Art Walk Happening Now at Capitol Riverfront 


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National Cherry Blossom Festival


Petalpalooza Art Walk Happening Now at Capitol Riverfront 

Cherry Blossoms Brought to Life Through Interactive Installations Through April 17


Washington, D.C. [April 12, 2022] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival today announced their Petalpalooza Art Walk installation showcasing 10 interactive “Instagrammable” installations from local and national artists is open to the public at the Capitol Riverfront now through April 17. Petalpalooza Art Walk is  part of  Art in Bloom  presented by Amazon, with support from Southfield, Michigan-based Park West Gallery

“These immersive art installations showcase a broad range of talent across the D.C. area and beyond,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO for National Cherry Blossom Festival. “There’s a gazebo inspired by the Festival’s 2022 Official artwork that looks gorgeous at night; a 12’x14’ sculptural dragonfly that pays homage to Japan’s moniker; a huge swing with a spring backdrop just waiting for fun social media posts, a new cherry blossom sculpture celebrating the 110 years of friendship between Japan and the U.S.; art from national artist Daniel Wall, creations from eight student talented artists from D.C. public schools; and more. We encourage residents of D.C. and visitors to the Capitol Riverfront to walk, bike, or scooter around to experience these thoughtful and creative pieces of art throughout this week and weekend.”

Petalpalooza Art Walk installations include:

  1. Dragonfly Wishes – 12-foot long, 14-foot high sculptural dragonfly alluding to Japan’s moniker, created by artist Tracie Griffith Tso
  2. Blossom Gazebo – Three-dimensional interpretation of the 2022 Official Artwork created by 2022 Official Artist Lea Craigie-Marshall
  3. Refresh, Renew, Rebloom – Giant cherry blossom art sculpture celebrating the 110-year-old friendship between Japan and the U.S., sponsored by Embassy of Japan, and painted by Art Recovery Technology, home of Prism Specialties, artists Melissa Ragos, Maria Luz Roa, Natalie Cox, Gonzalo Rodriguez, and Darrah Wills
  4. Student Art Showcase – Pieces focused on friendship and the theme, ”Home is Where the Blossoms Are,” from eight D.C. students in grades K-12, with support from DC Collaborative
  5. Petalpalooza Art Maze: The Art of Daniel Wall – Fun, flowery maze designed to delight guests and decorated with works by Chinese-American artist Daniel Wall, brought to life by Park West Gallery
  6. Swing Into Spring – Spring-inspired swing set for a fun photo opportunity, sponsored by Chase
  7. The Art of Daniel Wall: Yards Park Bridge – “Beautiful Cherry Blossom” painting by Chinese-American artist Daniel Wall wraps around Yards Park Bridge, brought to life by Park West Gallery
  8. Hana-Ikada – A “flower-raft” of fallen cherry blossom petals made of pink, white, and clear beach balls, created by artist Elizabeth Ashe
  9. Blossoming Spring Wear – “Fashion collection” of five life-sized clothing ensembles resembling large-scale paper doll outfits, created by artist Wendy Sittner
  10. Emergence: The Cherry Blossom Runway – Hand-painted immersive fine art installation that can be used as a fashion runway experience for visitors, created by artist Alex Moon

For a map of locations and details about each Petalpalooza Art Walk installation, visit https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/petalpalooza-art-walk/.

The Festival invites people to tag their Petalpalooza Art Walk experiences on social media with the hashtags #ArtinBloom and #RediscoverSpring.

Petalpalooza Art Walk is part of Petalpalooza, which is presented by Chase and happening on Saturday, April 16 from 1-9 p.m. Petalpalooza will take over D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at The Yards with FREE live music on three outdoor stages, the Art Walk, larger-than-life games and activities, a beer and wine garden, roving performers, spectacular fireworks, sidewalk sales and grab-and-go food from local businesses, Trapeze School of New York performances, themed workouts, canoeing, kayaking, and more. For more details about Petalpalooza, visit https://bit.ly/2022Petalpalooza

Petalpalooza Art Walk is being supported by Park West Gallery and Chase. Site hosts include Capitol Riverfront BID, Brookfield Properties, Dock 79, and Steadfast Supply.

For more information about the 2022 Festival, visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org/RediscoverSpring and follow the Festival’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

For the health and safety of all participants, the Festival encourages attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations. Masking is strongly encouraged onsite where social distancing is not possible.

Please review event details to determine whether masking or proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend a Festival-related event. Please note that safety requirements may change, so attendees are encouraged to sign up for Festival emails to receive the latest updates.


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. Hosted from March 20 – April 17, the 2022 Festival will include four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming that promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  

Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, and check out Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and YouTube (@NationalCherryBlossomFestivalDC). The Festival is supported by Leadership Circle Sponsors Events DC and Amazon.