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New jersey municipalities, 2017

Newark’s Essex County Branch Brook Park comes to life long after summer with the Cherry Blossoms in Winter installation

"Inspired by the Christo Gates Project of 2005 in Central Park, our collaborative multimedia public art project transformed this site for the month of December 2016. Dozens of bare cherry trees became temporary art installations done by students of art teachers in Newark and elsewhere, senior citizens of Newark, and local, regional, and international artists.", 2016

Branch Brook Park's cherry trees in bloom -- with art

"Ralph Lopreiato drove from his home in Roseland to play card games with buddies at the Cherry Blossom Center in Newark's Branch Brook Park. On a cold, blustery afternoon, he didn't expect to see pastel-colored strips of fabric blowing in the wind from the branches of the park's signature cherry blossom trees..."


Rutgers University Events, 2016


"Cherry Trees to Become Canvas for Massive Art Installation in Essex County Branch Brook Park In Newark, more than 5,000 trees bloom in spring. Famed for the colorful spectacle that their petals bring each year, these delicate blossoms will lay claim to a new season in 2016. On December 1, 2016, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) in partnership with the Prudential Foundation, the City of Newark, and Essex County will launch Cherry Blossoms in Winter (CBIW)."


Rutgers University news, 2016

Cherry Blossoms to Become Canvas for Massive Art Installation Project in Winter 2016

"The cherry blossom trees in Essex County’s Branch Brook Park – famed for the colorful spring spectacle that their petals bring each year – will lay claim to a new season in a dramatic winter debut."

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Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

New Jersey Stage, 2016

Newark Opens Public Art Installations For Cherry Blossoms In Winter

On December 1, 2016 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm the long- awaited public art installations for Cherry Blossoms in Winter will open. Rutgers University-Newark is spearheading this free and open event to bring life back to many cherry blossom trees, through works of art, all over Newark’s historic Essex County’s Branch Brook Park."


Newark Pulse, 2016

Cherry Blossoms in Winter

"Cherry Blossoms in Winter, a public art project in Essex County Branch Brook Park, will bring spring to Newark while it’s still winter. To commemorate Newark’s 350th anniversary..."


The Jersey Tomato press, 2015

Newark's Cherry Blossoms Thrive with Rutgers Help

"New Jersey is known for the industrial landscape along the turnpike and the landmarks of the Jersey Shore. But one of the state’s greatest treasures may be its least well known – the nation’s largest collection of flowering cherry trees in Essex County's Branch Brook Park."