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Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour

This artwork is in continuous change, over a period of one hour a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters.

Neither a pre-recorded animation nor on loop, the work is rendered in real time by a computer program. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork; previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.

The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, whither and die, or come to life and blossom once again.

When teamLab visited the Kunisaki Peninsula in spring 2014, they saw many cherry blossoms in the mountains and rapeseed blossoms at the base. teamLab began to wonder how many of these flowers were planted by people and how many were propagated by nature. This place, which was simply overflowing with flowers, gave them great contentment. It also offered the realization that this expansive body of flowers is an ecosystem influenced by human intervention. The boundary between the work of nature and the work of humans is extremely vague. teamLab believes that nature and humans are not antagonistic concepts; that a healthy ecosystem should include the symbiosis of humans and nature.

During this trip, teamLab was made to wonder whether there is something left of the pre-modern relationship between humans and nature. They also wondered what kind of behavior would constitute artificial behavior toward nature based on this premise that nature cannot be controlled, and whether these behaviors could perhaps give them clues about the future.

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