Japanese Sumi-e, traditional brushpainting of ink, dates back to monks in the 14th century depicting natural subjects with disciplined brushstrokes. The basic flora of the art form that students master represent the four seasons and are depicted here: Bamboo for Summer represents resilience, chrysanthemum linked to Autumn echoes prosperity, orchid representing Spring is linked to noble bravery, and a blossom for Winter embodies beauty, optimism and the transience of life. The conglomerate of many contributes to a mighty whole is shown by Bamboo on the flower edges, Chrysanthemum in the base and Orchid as the center to form the Sakura.
See this sculpture at M & 4th Sts. SW.