Thomas Demand Hanami, 2014
UV print on non-woven wallpaper
Hanami is a wallpaper. The work shows branches with a myriad of delicate blossoms. Characteristic of Sakura, Japanese cherry blossoms, bright red sepals at the stem and pink petals frame a dark red stigma in their center. While the blossoms cover most of the image, a light blue background can be seen in some places. The title Hanami refers to the traditional Japanese custom of celebrating the fleetingness of life and of beauty by celebrating cherry tree blossoms during their short bloom. Trees without fruit, in this model, the Japanese cherry trees exist only for this brief display of beauty. At the same time, a sign of spring, the blossoming trees represent a new beginning.