Inflatable flowers celebrate spring's arrival downtown
A temporary outdoor art exhibit in downtown Cuyahoga Falls helped residents and passersby celebrate the arrival of spring.
Hope Blooms is an installation of oversize inflatable flowers that was on display at High Bridge Glens Park, 1817 Front St., through April 15.
The display features five inflatable flowers that range in size from 6-by-30 feet to 25-by-6 feet. The giant blossoms are internally illuminated at night.
This exhibit is part of a collaboration among business students from EntrepreNEW and Beachwood High School's marketing program, in partnership with the city of Cuyahoga Falls and the Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership.
EntrepreNEW is a career technical education program for students who want to learn how to create their own businesses. It was developed by the Woodridge Local School District in partnership with the city of Cuyahoga Falls, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Six District Educational Compact.
“We are excited to feature the Hope Blooms installation in our revitalized downtown to promote free public access to art for all of our residents and visitors," Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters said.
The blooms were designed, created and installed by Inflatable Images in Brunswick, one of EntrepreNEW's key partners. The Blooms were part of a large-scale installation in New York City and are now traveling through local communities.
"Not only does this install bring residents and visitors downtown, but it will also bring a smile to their face after such a challenging year,” Downtown Cuyahoga Falls executive director Kaylee Piper said.
An EntrepreNEW representative said she was excited that her organization was part of this collaborative effort.
“This is a perfect experience for the EntrepreNEW students to work on this collaborative project to support the economic development in our area, bring hope to our city's residents, and put to work all of the entrepreneurial skills that the students have learned this year," said Emily Knight, creator/teacher of EntrepreNEW.
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