Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. With the festival in full swing this year (celebrating 100 years), we wanted to share what British artist Tom Price developed a few months ago to pay homage to the pink-petaled icons that the Japanese government gifted to Washington D.C. in 1912. The plastic trees were built from nothing more than polypropylene pipes and nylon cable ties. It’s cool that such simple materials and assembly processes can create something as beautiful and realistic as the real thing. It’s just another great example of the sum being greater than its parts. You can read the full article on Fast Company’s website here.
Written By: Bryson Stewart, Mechanical Engineer