The Art of TeamLab: Floating Flower Garden
In Floating Flower Garden, living flowers float up and down in relation to the movement of people in the space. When a viewer approaches this flower-filled space, the flowers near the viewer rise upward all at once, creating a hemispherical space with the viewer at its center. Although the whole space is filled with flowers, a hemispherical space is constantly being created with the viewer at its center and the viewer is free to move around wherever they want. If viewers get close to one another, the domes link up to form one single space. In this interactive floating flower garden viewers are immersed in flowers and become completely one with the garden itself. Over 2,300 floating flowers bloom in the space. These flowers are alive and growing with each passing day. Each flower has a partner insect and the scent of the flowers becomes stronger at the time that the insect is most active, as a result the scent of the air in the garden space changes according to the time of day: morning, noon, and evening. Japanese Zen gardens are said to have been created as a place for Zen priests to carry out training to become one with nature. The garden is a microcosm of the vastness of the surrounding natural mountain areas where they gathered to train. There is a Zen kōan (a question or story that is part of a Zen priests’ theological training) in China called, “Nansen’s Flower.” A man named Rikukô Taifu, while talking with Nansen, said, “Jô Hoshi says, ‘Heaven and I are of the same root. All things and I are of the same substance.’ How wonderful this is!” Nansen, pointing at a flower in the garden said, “People of these days see this flower as if they were in a dream.” A person will become integrated with a flower when they look at a flower and the flower looks at them; perhaps at this time, that person will truly see the flower for the first time.