The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is preparing a new exhibition for the 200 I Street Gallery to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival. As part of the upcoming exhibition, Japanese artist Yuriko Yamaguchi will create a special blossom-like sculpture made up of the hand-written wishes and prayers of every person that visits 200 I Street, SE. This sculpture will hang in the gallery from March 22nd to June 30th.
During the exhibition, visit the work write a prayer or wish for yourself, your family/friends, or for humanity. You can create as many filter prayers/wishes as they like.
On Monday, March 18th, Yamaguchi will sit in the Gallery to create a suspended sculpture made of thousands of your hand-written prayers/wishes.
This sculpture will represent our collective hopes, dreams, wishes and prayers. As a community, we hope that we all can share in the creation of a unique sculpture made to bring us together in art.
Yuriko Yamaguchi (born 1948) is a Japanese-American sculptor. Yuriko was born in Osaka, Japan. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1975 with a BA. She went on to undertake directed study at Princeton University, and completed a Master of Fine Arts at University of Maryland, College Park in 1979. She is currently a professor at George Washington University. Works by Yuriko are found in a number of museum collections including: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Philip Morris Art Collection, New York, N.Y. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.