Graffiti Nature - High Mountains and Deep Valleys, Red List

teamLab, 2016-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Graffiti Nature - High Mountains and Deep Valleys, Red List

teamLab, 2016-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Various creatures drawn by everyone live in a large, three-dimensional space consisting of slopes with varying elevations. Color in a creature on the paper provided. See the picture you have drawn come to life and move in front of you.

Living things eat each other and are eaten by each other to create one shared ecosystem.
If the creature you drew eats other living things, its numbers will increase. On the other hand, if it does not eat enough, it will die. And if it is eaten by other creatures, it will disappear.

The salamander eats snakes, the snakes eat lizards, the lizards eat frogs, and the frogs eat butterflies, each one propagating as they consume. Likewise, the butterflies multiply in places where flowers bloom.
Flowers will bloom if you stand still, but will disperse if you walk around. And the salamanders will die if you step on them too much.

This world expands as the living things increase and decrease in number. The creature you draw may multiply somewhere in this space. See if you can find it.

This work is based on the Red List and depicts local endangered wildlife and plants.

Background of Artwork

Ecosystem

  • More than 10 million living species are said to exist on Earth. Each and every one of these species lives while interacting with the others. Plants create nutrition from rain, soil, and the sunlight (photosynthesis). Animals eat those plants. These animals, in turn, are eaten by other animals. When animals die bacteria decompose their bodies, allowing plants to use them for nutrition.

  • All these living things and the habitat they live in is known as an “ecosystem”. Inside an ecosystem, everyone plays a specific role. Therefore, when an animal or plant greatly changes in number due to climate change or human intervention, the ecosystem’s balance is destroyed, thus affecting all that live inside it.

How to interact with the artwork

  • 1

    Color and draw on the prepared paper.

  • 2

    Scan the drawing.

  • 3

    The animals and flowers come to life in the exhibition space!

  • 4

    Stand still and flowers will bloom around you, walk around and the flower petals will scatter.

  • 5

    Move close to the animals and they will sense your presence and start to move.

Skills Nurtured

  • Creativity, Power of Expression
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Self-Confidence
  • Interest in Technology
  • Awareness of the Ecosystem
  • Spatial Awareness