Art collective teamLab creates an immersive art experience in Osaka

teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is a botanical garden by day, and an art space by night, created by art collective teamLab, known for their record-breaking museum teamLab Borderless. Unveiled over the summer at Nagai Botanical Garden in Osaka, teamLab Botanical Garden is their latest open-air museum that begins to glow as the sun sets.

Why is teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka unique?

Stretching over 240,000-sqm with a large lake at its center, Nagai Botanical Garden is home to wild bird species and seasonal flora. The artworks emerge and are shaped by the garden’s plants, trees, and the birds that inhabit the area, as teamLab incorporates these natural elements through the use of non-material digital tech – sensing, networks, light, and sound. The works transform interactively, influenced by the wind, rain, and the presence of visitors.

teamLab Botanical Garden has unveiled several new works including Sculptures of Dissipative Birds in the Wind, an installation that depicts movement, or energy dissipated, by the wind and flying birds in real time, which creates an artwork that perpetually changes in real time.

The exhibition, which changes in scenery with the seasons, also features works that incorporate the seasonal flora. For the month of November, a seasonal exhibit that uses living cosmos flowers, Life is Flickering Light Floating in the Dark – Cosmos, is on view.

Across a 2,000-sqm expansive field, the cosmos emerge from the dark as they shine. When people stand still close to the cosmos, they shine brightly and produce a tone. The light then radiates out, spreading to nearby cosmos as they resonate with the same tone.

What were teamLab’s thoughts on the exhibition?

“As the artworks in this exhibition are influenced by the trees and birds that live in the garden, if the wildlife disappear, the artworks will also disappear. The trees and birds cannot be separated from the ecosystem like the garden’s forest or lake, so if the environment is not sustained, the trees and birds will cease to exist, and the artworks as well,” says teamLab.

“The artworks’ existence is not defined by their physical surface boundaries, but is continuous with its surrounding environment. The artworks transform interactively, influenced by wind, rain, and and by the people in it, making the environment and people a part of the works.”

“The people and artworks, the trees, forest and lake, the ecosystem and the environment, all form a continuity without boundaries. teamLab aims to explore a space where human perception expands from the artwork itself to the environment,” says teamLab.