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Commissioned by the Washington DC Arts and Humanities Commission for the Centenary Celebrations of the Cherry Blossom Festival. This project was developed by Tina O'Connell with Neal White of the Office of Experiments. The project was selected as part of Steve Rowell proposal called 'Suspension of Disbelief' which also included the work of Lize Mogel (USA), Kunstrepublik (DE), Charles Stankievich (CA) and Deborah Stratman & Steve Badgett (USA).
Installation at Transformer Gallery P District, Washington DC and personal memorials.
Transformer Gallery acted as the central hub for this project. Water, brought into the USA in small flasks from Japan was decanted into 1000 small vials and arranged in a specially constructed crate, displayed in the gallery wondow. Introduced to the concept of the vials contaning what might be termed 'tears', the visitors to the gallery were given further information on the disaster, and were allowed to take away one vial. They were asked to place a tear onto a Cherry Tree and could, if they liked, email an image which would be added to the project website. In reality, it was discovered that for many people, the act became a private moment and memorial of emotional significance.
A vial of tears - imported water from Japan. In front of The Washington Monument.
A vial at the Jefferson Memorial prior to watering a Cherry Blossom Tree.
Preparing the vials for display and archiving with Akemi and Tan.
The coyright image purchased from Rueters was displayed at sites relevant to the Fukushima DIaichi disater following the Japanese Tsunami. Site: The Japanese Memorial Gardens.
A vial about to be poured outside the Red Cross, close to the White House.
Detail of the Splash Print. Sold for fundraising via the Irish Embassy. A limited edition are still available.
Working together - our cultural translators - Akemi and Ebony at Transformer Gallery, Washington DC.
With thanks to many others - on the project website above.