Graffiti Nature

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


Graffiti Nature

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

Graffiti Nature is created by you. The more animals and flowers that you draw and color, the more this nature world expands around you. Your drawing is somewhere in Graffiti Nature. Can you find it? Animals are eaten by other animals, but if they do not eat they will die and disappear. When the animals that you draw eat other animals, their numbers increase. Butterflies increase in places where there are flowers. All are part of one ecosystem. If you step on Crocodiles too much they will die. If you stand still flowers will blossom around you. If you walk around, the flowers will scatter. Search for your animals, and whilst making the flowers bloom, explore the world that everyone has created.

Background of Artwork


  • 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 paper provided.

  • 2

    Scan your drawing.

  • 3

    Animals and flowers will 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 you and start moving.

Skills Nurtured

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