Falling petals and augmented reality, The Art of Bloom captures the flower in all its beauty

On Wednesday, July 24, Long Beach’s first immersive pop-up exhibit will open to the public and encourage viewers to contemplate their connection to nature. Installed in the recently renovated Edison Theatre in Downtown, The Art of Bloom’s first iteration is called Symbiosis. Through the creative use of flowers, from a hanging truss containing hundreds, maybe thousands of real blossoms kept alive in individual water tubes, ambient sounds, heat-sensing and AR technology and the science of perfumery, the multi-sensory artwork magnifies how humans project meaning onto the ubiquitous plants.

Put on by Long Beach-based Intertrend Communications, the producer behind Pow! Wow! Long Beach, The Art of Bloom is on view at the Edison Theatre, 213 E. Broadway from July 24 through September 29. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for kids 4-12 years old. For more information, workshops and tickets, check out the website here.

The Art of Bloom pop-up exhibit at the Edison Theater in Long Beach Saturday, July 20, 2019. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

 Petals float down from the main installation in The Art of Bloom pop-up exhibit at the Edison Theater. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Victoria Zhang, 23 of Los Angeles, attempts to catch petals falling from the flowers up above. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Neal Harris and his wife Debi, of Santa Monica, interact with visuals with a tablet. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Taiichi Higuchi, 25 of Pomona, experiences The Art of Bloom’s main installation at the Edison Theater. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

An attendee catches petals during The Art of Bloom pop-up exhibition. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.