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Sakura Illumination lights up cherry blossoms in Stanley Park

Dancing lights stole the show in Sakura Illumination, as part of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

Two Vancouver artists transform a tunnel of blossoms into a glowing, night time fantasy

Cherry blossoms in Stanley Park were lit up by artists Stuart Ward and Ben Z Cooper as part of Vancouver's annual festival celebrating the trees. (Jacy Schindel/CBC)

As if cherry blossoms aren't dreamy enough during the day, two Vancouver artists transformed a tunnel of blossoms into a glowing, night time fantasy.

Vancouver artists Stuart Ward and Ben Z Cooper projected an array of lights on dozens of cherry blossom trees in Stanley Park near the Japanese Canadian War Memorial.

(Jacy Schindel/CBC)

The one-night only affair was part of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

Hundreds of people turned out to admire the installation and get lost in the evening landscape.

According to the event's Facebook page, Ward's appreciation for cherry blossoms come from his time in Japan where it gave him inspiration "to live and to create."

(Jacy Schindel/CBC)
(Jacy Schindel/CBC)

This year, organizers sold hot tea and even suggested attendees bring picnics for the "ultimate sensory experience."

In addition to a rainbow of dancing light projections that was paired with music, Ward and Cooper also installed multicolored umbrellas and lanterns.

(Jacy Schindel/CBC)
(Jacy Schindel/CBC)


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