Nicki and 'Cherry Blossom' Cherry Blossom (and Nicki)
Artist: Bridget Parris
(photo by Rich)

Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry blossoms were featured in several of the pandas in the exhibition, including this happy beast. The artist reportedly took her inspiration from ancient Japanese screen paintings: "My design ... employs motifs commonly found in Japanese art, such as flowering cherry and peach blossom trees, ornamental birds, and a traditional metallic gold background. Cherry Blossom panda was designed to celebrate the coming of Spring, and the activities that mark Washington D.C.'s much anticipated annual Cherry Blossom Festival."

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