Flowers in the Sandfall – A Whole Year per 12 Hours, Tokushima

teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, LED, Endless, H: 5210 mm W: 1280 mm D: 160mm

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Flowers in the Sandfall – A Whole Year per 12 Hours, Tokushima

teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, LED, Endless, H: 5210 mm W: 1280 mm D: 160mm

Height 5210mm, Width1280mm, Depth160mm, a giant three-dimensional LED object.


A seasonal year of the flowers of Tokushima, blossom and scatter over a period of twelve hours. In continuous change the flowers grow, bud, and blossom, and eventually they scatter, wither, and fade away. The flowers go through a continual cycle of birth and death, repeating forever.


When a person stands before the flow of falling sand, the sand’s path is changed by their presence; the flow of the sand parts, and a space opens. 


Since ancient times, people have gazed at falling sand to gain a sense of the passage of short moments in time—and they have watched the changing of flowers to feel the passage of long-term changes in time.


The work is rendered in real time by a computer program; it is neither a pre-recorded animation nor on loop. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork. Previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.