Dazzling Projections Transform Iconic Japanese Garden Into an Immersive Art Installation

teamLab’s Kairakuen Garden Installation Transforms Nature Into Art

Digital art and design collective teamLab will soon transform an iconic Japanese landmark. The creative firm has recently released images of the new Kairakuen Garden installation which seeks to show guests how “nature can become art.” By using their signature projection techniques, teamLab demonstrates that art can interact with the outside world in a minimally invasive way. They are doing so by projecting artwork on to the 3,000 plum blossom trees for which the garden is known.

Kairakuen Garden is an extremely significant Japanese Garden. In fact, it is considered one of the “three great gardens of Japan” which also includes Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa and Korakuen Garden in Okayama. Each is designed using kaiyū organizational logic of the Edo period. This centralized style includes a pond at the heart of the garden with paths designed around the water feature to create a “promenade” or strolling garden.

The interactive nature of teamLab’s installation at the garden means that the artwork will only further enhance the strolling experience. The exhibit also highlights the iconic plum trees found there, as the springtime installation period means many of the 100 species of plum blossom trees will be in full bloom. This is especially relevant as time plays such an important conceptual role in the installation. “The form and shapes of nature have been created over many years and have been molded by the interactions between people and nature. We can perceive this long duration of time in these shapes of nature themselves. By using the shapes, we believe we can explore the boundary in our perception of the long continuity of time.”

Visitors can see the teamLab: Digitized Kairakuen Garden installation in Mito, Ibaraki from February 13, 2021, through March 21, 2021.

TeamLab's Digitized Kairakuen Garden installation seeks to explore how “nature can become art.”

teamLab’s Kairakuen Garden Installation Transforms Nature Into Art

teamLab’s Kairakuen Garden Installation Transforms Nature Into Art

The kaiyū style garden is designed for strolling, which makes it a perfect site for teamLab's moving interactive digital installation.

teamLab’s Kairakuen Garden Installation Transforms Nature Into Art

teamLab’s Kairakuen Garden Installation Transforms Nature Into Art

teamLab’s Kairakuen Garden Installation Transforms Nature Into Art

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All images via teamLab.

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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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