teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live
Jul 19 - Oct 28, 2018 Mifuneyama Rakuen Saga, Japan
The 500,000-square meter Mifuneyama Rakuen Park was created 172 years ago in 1845, during the end of the Edo period. Sitting on the borderline of the park is a 3,000-year-old sacred Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine, which is Japan’s 7th largest. Also in the heart of the garden is another 300-year-old sacred tree. Our forebears turned a portion of this magnificent forest, with Mifuneyama Mountain at the center, into a garden while utilizing the trees of the natural forest. The border between the garden and wild forest is so ambiguous that when wandering through the garden people will enter into the woods and animal trails. Enshrined in the forest is the Inari Daimyojin deity surrounded by a huge natural rock. The cave houses the Five Hundred Arhats and the Three Buddha Figures that are carved into the rock face, believed to have been carved by the great priest Gyoki 1,300 years ago.
The forest, rocks, and caves of Mifuneyama Rakuen have formed over millions of years, and for thousands of years people have sought meanings in them. The park that we know today sits on top of this history. It is the ongoing relationship between nature and humans that has made the border between the forest and garden ambiguous, keeping this cultural heritage beautiful and pleasing. Lost in nature, where the boundaries between man-made garden and forest is unclear, we feel like we exist in a continuous, borderless relationship between nature and humans. It is for this reason that teamLab decided to create an exhibition in this vast, labyrinthine space, so that people will become lost and immersed in the exhibition and nature.
teamLab is executing an art project called “Digitized Nature” where “Nature Becomes Art.” The concept of the project is that non-material digital art can turn nature into art without harming it.
We exist as a part of an eternal continuity of life and death, a process which has been continuing for an overwhelmingly long time. It is hard for us, however, to sense this in our everyday lives. When exploring the forest, we come to realize that the shapes of the giant rocks, caves, and the forest that have been formed over the eons, are the shapes of the continuous cycle of life itself. By applying digital art to this unique environment, the exhibition celebrates the continuity of life.
- teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live
- Jul 19, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
- 7/19 - 8/14 (Main entrance 20: 00 - 22: 30) (Sub entrance 19: 00 - 22: 30)
8/15 - 9/9 (Main entrance 19: 30 - 22: 30) (Sub entrance 18: 30 - 22: 30)
9/10 - 9/30 (Main entrance19: 00 - 22: 30) (Sub entrance 18: 00 - 22: 30)
10/1 - 10/29 (Main entrance 18: 30 - 22: 30) (Sub entrance 17: 30 - 22: 30)
*Sub Entrance opens 1 hour earlier than the Main Entrance.
*Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats will not be available until the Sub Entrance opens.
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
Takeo 4100, Takeo-cho, Takeo, Saga, Japan
- Admission Fee
- Adults: 1200 yen, high school & junior high school students: 800 yen, elementary school student & babies and children under school age: free
- 1,200 parking spaces at Takeo Keirin. 1,800 parking spaces in total in nearby parking lots.
- By train
From Shinkansen Hakata Station, 1 hour and 20 minutes
From Fukuoka Airport, about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car (85km)
From Nagasaki Airport, 40 minutes by car (40 km)
From Saga Airport, about 50 minutes by car
- Heads up
- 1. About wheelchair · stroller
Please note that the garden has natural walking paths that can be difficult to access with a wheelchair or stroller.
Works you can appreciate are: "Ever Blossoming Life Rock", "Resonating Forest - Cherry Blossoms and Maple", "Resonating Azalea Valley ","Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond "," Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup”.
2. About valuables
Please look after your valuables at your own risk.
In the unlikely event that a theft or loss occurs, the organizer will not take any responsibility.
3. About injuries
The organizer is not responsible for accidents or injuries occurring in the park.
4. About garbage
For environmental preservation there are no recycle bins in the park. Please cooperate and take your own garbage home with you.
5. About tobacco
Smoking and fire inside the park is strictly prohibited. We appreciate your cooperation in not smoking.
6. About clothing
Since there are steep slopes, stairs and rough roads in the park. For your safety please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow ease of movement.
7. About pets
No pets are allowed in the park. We will refuse admission of pets including small dogs.
8. About suspension due to bad weather
We will make a decision in the case of light rain. If there is strong rain accompanied by strong wind such as a typhoon, the exhibition will be suspended. For details, please check the official HP of Mifuneyama Rakuen Park and SNS (Facebook, Instagram).
9. About photography and video
Flash photography and the use of drones in the park are prohibited. Please also refrain from using a tripod, as it will cause an interference with other visitors.
10. Other Cautions
Please note that in the event of photo shooting by the organizer, everyone may be subject to the photo shooting, and the images may be used for promotional purposes, include reports on the event and advertising.
Thank you for your cooperation.
teamLab (f. 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab.teamlab.art
teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technology has allowed art to liberate itself from the physical and transcend boundaries. teamLab sees no boundary between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.
teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.