teamLab Botanical Garden in Osaka Debuts Illuminated Nighttime Sunflower Field and More

21.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

Art collective teamLab will open a permanent nighttime exhibition at the Nagai Botanical Garden in Osaka starting July 29, 2022. Tickets for teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka are on sale now at the official website, and a new group of exhibits take full advantage of the beautiful setting. In summer, 20,000 sunflowers bloom in the Life Garden, where seasonal flowers are transformed into an interactive space filled with illumination. As the flowers change each season, so will the art.

Resonating Microcosms in the Common Camellia Garden – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset 

Life is Flickering Light Floating in Darkness – Sunflowers

 

Other works on display include Life is Continuous Light – Bald Cypress and Life is Continuous Light – Crepe myrtle, both taking advantage of the natural environment. The 240,000 square meter park will be completely transformed, with the digital art pieces changing according to the behavior of guests. More exhibits will be added in the future.

Crepe myrtles at Nagai Botanical Garden

 

Nagai Botanical Garden opened in 1974, and had its reopening on April 1, 2022 following extensive efforts to create an environment where plants can thrive and grow into the future, involving tree thinning, replanting of trees in anticipation of root growth, and soil improvement.

Nagai Botanical Garden’s Bald Cypress

 

teamLab’s art project Digitized Nature explores how nature can become art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.

Floating Resonating Lamps – One Stroke

Universe of Fire Particles – Secondary Forest

 

teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is a botanical garden by day and an art space by night. The art space transforms interactively, influenced by wind and rain, as well as by the behavior of the people and birds in it. People become a part of the artworks along with nature, and a part of the long continuity of time. The artworks, people, and nature; the self and others; the past, present, and future; all form a continuity without boundaries.

 

Come visit another dimension right in the heart of Osaka!

 

©チームラボ

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