National Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura 2024: Live Video Projection


Bell will mix the installation live every evening, and each night, the visuals will build upon the previous night’s work, showcasing custom pieces by Bell and other renowned D.C.-based artists, Jonathan Monaghan, Matthew Curry, and the Festival’s official artist, Nicholas Shi.

Robin Bell, founder of Bell Visuals, is an award-winning multimedia artist based in Washington, DC. Robin works on a range of creative, political, and public interest projects. Building upon his formal training as a classical printmaker, Robin developed a unique style of live video collage, which he has performed at well-known venues, including The Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Central Park Summer Stage in New York City, and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Nicolas Shi is the Official Artist of the 2024 Festival. He is a long-time D.C. resident and was born in El Salvador to Chinese parents. His work is influenced by his Latin American upbringing, his Chinese heritage, and his formal education in the United States. Shi has exhibited internationally, most notably at Museo de Arte, El Salvador; Centro Cultural Casa de la Moneda, Santiago, Chile; Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC; the Gasteig Cultural Center, Munich; the Ibero- Amerikanishes Institut, Berlin; and the Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware.

Jonathan Monaghan is a D.C.-based artist working across a range of media, including prints, sculpture, and computer-animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. Past exhibitions include The Sundance Film Festival, The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His work sits in numerous public and private collections, including The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Microsoft Art Collection.

With a career spanning 20 years, Matthew Curry’s award-winning graphic design and illustration has been profiled by APPLE, earning him two Grammy® nominations and an ART TALK feature on VICE®. Beyond his nominated work for Thievery Corporation, Matthew’s artwork has been commissioned by Fortune 500 Companies and hangs in galleries and private collections all over the world. In addition to his work as an artist, Matthew has also been invited to speak about his work and process for National Geographic, The Art Director’s Club, AIGA, and The Corcoran College of Art & Design.


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