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At Project 4, Laurel Lukazewski’s Sakura is the signature piece of her new show, “Once.” It’s an installation of 3,020 delicate porcelain cherry blossoms—the number coincides with how many trees were given to our city by Japan—covering the two-story walls of the gallery. By the baseboards, petals are strewn about, for even though these flowers look newly blossomed, Lukazewski won’t let us forget that natural beauty is fleeting—a message that, when cemented in porcelain, seems somewhat contradictory, as delicate as its medium. It’s as though Lukazewski takes us through the seasons: flowers in summer, piles of leaves in fall, the swirls of snow in the winter, and a waterfall-like cascade of rain in the spring; all four a reminder to be more deliberate, thoughtful, and grateful.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY NOON-6 P.M. TO DEC. 18 AT PROJECT 4, 1353 U ST. NW. FREE. (202) 232-4340.