5×5: DC art scene comes alive this Cherry Blossom season

Last night was the launch of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ new temporary public art project called 5×5.  Anacostia is the home to one of 25 art installations being put up around the city in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which also began yesterday.

Still a work in progress but set to debut for the upcoming 5×5 festivities, the 4th floor of this otherwise empty Anacostia warehouse has been transformed into ramshackle romanticism by the Monica Canilao and her crew who have traveled the country gathering recycled materials and breathing new life into them to create the installation Home Mender.

The installation is a unique and compelling shanty town of reclaimed pieces of wood, bottles, fabrics and clocks melds together to create a surreal experience.

Pieces pulled from nearby abandoned building weave together an Alice in Wonderland meets cabin-in-the-woods simplicity, where each piece — from a broken clarinet hanging like a wind chime, to rusting metal buckets — tells a punk rock story.

This wild, wooden dream world is part of the larger project called Betwixt and Between, “referring to the artists breathing new life into the ordinary, reinvigorating the fabric of the urban environment” and is curated by SF based artist Justine Topfer.  Justine is working with 5 artists and art collectives from around the world to transform the SW and SE parts of the city with public art projects.

Want to check it out for yourself?  There are a several parties going down in this space from April 14th through the 21st.  In fact, it just so happens that this year’s Cherry Blast music and art party is happening here!

Be sure to follow updates at Art Around which compiles a pretty comprehensive list of the art projects around our fair District. And remember to buy your Cherry Blast tickets as soon as they go on sale, since this annual blossom usually sells out in advance.

See you there cats and kittens!

-Aimee

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