Japanese art collective teamLab transformed a 5 million square foot park in Japan into a luminous “forest where the gods live”. The massive art installation includes 14 distinct works of art that use lights, projections, sensors and sound to react as visitors walk through the park.
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Mifuneyama Rakuen Park is located in Japanese Saga Prefecture in Kyushu. The exhibition covers the landscape of rocks, caves and vast vegetation that leads to the imposing Mount Mifune. The park is home to various Buddhist statues as well as 5,000 cherry blossoms and 50,000 azaleas, all of which play a key role in the art installation.
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TeamLab believes that digital art can connect people to nature: âWe exist in an eternal continuity of life and death, a process that has been going on for a very long time. However, it is difficult for us to feel it in our everyday life. As we explore the forest, we realize that the shapes of giant boulders, caves and forest that have formed over eons are forms of the continuing cycle of life itself. By applying digital art to this unique environment, the exhibition celebrates the continuity of life.
The exhibit, which is part of a Shiseido skin care campaign, uses spotlights, motion sensors and an ambient soundtrack to create a calming forest of light in constant motion. Visitors can stroll through the park, passing 14 works of art where the natural landscape lights up in response to the crowds.
There is a simulated waterfall tumbling down a sacred rock face and a giant moss-covered boulder that digitally represents the entire life cycle of colorful flowers. As they walk, visitors will see an example of artful Japanese calligraphy projected onto a large boulder, surrounded by smoke. One of the most popular stops is the WASO Tea House, which features beautiful flowers blooming in a teacup, representing the skincare company’s slogan “All Beautiful Things Come From Nature” .
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