Fran Bartowski, an English professor at Rutgers University-Newark’s Center for Migration and the Global City, had a vision to bring a public art project to Newark similar to project in New York’s Central Park. She thought: “Cherry Blossoms in Winter” at Newark’s Branch Brook Park. And so, she united local foundations and institutions, high school teachers and students, community artists and senior citizens (aka “Granny Bombers”), as well as professional artists, like Rebecca Louise Law, to transform the site of the largest cherry blossom tree collection in the US.

View more at the Cherry Blossoms in Winter website.


I had this vision. Installations in the color spectrum of the cherry blossoms against the bare trees.

All the students who participated were able to do their art whether it was words… symbolic, abstract, or realistic.

We are going to be doing a public art installation as part of the Cherry Blossoms in Winter…
where we decorate a cherry blossom tree with your tulle cherry blossoms.

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