TeamLab Planets in Tokyo opens 2 immersive living garden artworks
TeamLab Planets in Toyosu, Tokyo, is celebrating its third anniversary with an expansion: a new area with two interactive garden artworks.
The two gardens include one where visitors can become one with the flowers, immersing themselves in over 13,000 live orchids that bloom in mid-air; and a moss garden filled with ovoids that shine and resonate when pushed by people or blown by the wind.
Consisting of nine artworks, including four gigantic art spaces and two gardens, TeamLab Planets transports visitors to an immersive experience in a museum where they walk through water and a garden where they become one with the flowers.
TeamLab Planets is a museum where you walk through water, and a garden where you become one with the flowers. There are a total of ten artworks, including four massive exhibition spaces and two gardens.
By immersing the entire body with other people in these massive body immersive artworks, the boundary between the body and the artwork dissolves, the boundaries between the self, others, and the world become continuous, and we explore a new relationship without boundaries between ourselves and the world.
Visitors enter the museum barefoot and become completely immersed with other visitors in the vast artwork spaces.
The floating flower garden consists of a three-dimensional mass of flowers.
The flowers float up above people, and when the people move, the flowers descend again. The artwork space is completely filled with flowers, but as they float up, spaces with people at the center are created. Because of this, people are able to freely wander around the three-dimensional flower mass space. If you encounter other people within the artwork, your space will connect with theirs and become one single space.
In this work, people immerse themselves in flowers, becoming one with the garden. When people become one with the flowers and look at them, the flowers look back. People may truly look at flowers for the first time.
The flowers blooming in the air are epiphytic orchids. Epiphytic plants are extremely common in the orchid family, and epiphytic orchids are able to grow without dirt by absorbing water from the air. The flowers in this artwork are alive, growing, and blooming with each passing day.
Orchids are said to be the last plants to appear on earth. The ground was already covered by other plants, and orchids evolved to live on rocks and trees where other plants could not survive. Orchids adapt and diffuse in a short period of time, and it is said that there are 25,000 to 30,000 kinds of wild species alone. It is believed that there are more types of orchid than any other plant. However, many species are endangered due to the loss of their habitat or overexploitation due to development.
Orchid seeds are as fine as dust, with only immature embryos, no endosperm, and little storage nutrients. In nature, germination of the seed requires symbiosis with a specific fungus, and the symbiotic fungus supplies the nutrients. The seeds have no reserve for germination and cannot sprout themselves, which would seem to contradict the very notion of what a seed is. Seeds should also be a nutrient storehouse for seedlings to germinate, yet the last orchid species to appear on earth has abandoned this aspect. It causes us to wonder why evolution takes certain paths.
Orchids are known to have co-evolved with certain pollen-carrying insects, and it is believed that they continue to evolve rapidly today. The time at which the flowers in the artwork space strengthen in aroma varies according to the time at which these partner insects are active. Because of this, the scent of the artwork space changes each moment between morning, day, and night.
With sunrise, the ovoids begin to reflect the world around them. When pushed down by a person or blown by the wind, the ovoids fall back and then rise, releasing a resonating tone. The ovoids around it also respond one after another, continuing to resonate with the same tone.
As the sun sets, the ovoids shine by themselves. When an ovoid is pushed by a person or blown by the wind, it falls down and then rises, a sound resonates out, and it emits a light color specific to the sound. The ovoids around it also respond one after another, making the same tone sound, and emitting the same light color that continues to resonate out.
The ovoids begin to flicker slowly when the wind is quiet and people do not push them. Because the ovoid colors are produced by light, it is possible for them to change into 61 different solidified light colors.
Term: Until end of 2022
Venue: teamLab Planets Tokyo ( 6-1-16 Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo )
June: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 18:00 / Sat, Sun, Holidays 09:00 – 19:00 *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
July: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 20:00 / Sat, Sun, Holidays & July 22 – 31 09:00 – 20:00 *Last entry 1 hour before closing
Closed: July 1, July 20
Admission: Adults (ages 18 and older): 3,200 yen; University / Trade School Students: 2,500 yen; Junior High School / High School Students: 2,000 yen; Children (ages 4 – 12): 300 yen; children (aged 3 and younger): Free Seniors (aged 65 and older): 2,400 yen; Visitors with disabilities: 1,600 yen.
TeamLab Planets TOKYO Ticket Store: https://teamlabplanets.dmm.com/en
*Admission and exhibition hours are subject to change. Please check the official website for the latest information.