Megaliths in the Garden
teamLab, 2021, Interactive Digital Installation
A group of megaliths with different time-spaces stand in the garden.
Within the megaliths, seasonal flowers local to the region bloom and scatter over the course of an hour, the cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. When people move near the artwork, the flowers scatter, and when people stand still, the flowers surrounding them grow and bloom more abundantly. White Magnolias, the representative flower of this region, bloom throughout this artwork.
Water flows through the megaliths. When people approach the megaliths, the flow of water begins to change and continues to change as the actions of the people around affect it. The water also causes the flowers to scatter.
The garden’s flora changes with the seasons throughout the course of the year, continually blooming and scattering.
The real time in which the viewer exists, the time of the city, and the time of the repeated life and death of the flowers, all of these different times intersect and overlap, while the viewer’s body, the city, and the world of the artwork remain connected. The artwork space is an overlap of different times and space.
The artwork is not a pre-recorded image that is played back: it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork: previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.