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

This artwork is in a state of continuous change. Over a period of one hour, a seasonal year of flowers blossom and scatter.

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. The flowers are interactive; depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, or if the viewer touches the flowers, they simultaneously come to life or shed their petals, wither, and die all at once.

Neither a prerecorded 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.

In spring in the Kunisaki Peninsula, there are many cherry blossoms in the mountains and rapeseed blossoms at their base. The abundance of flowers caused teamLab to wonder how many of these flowers were planted by people and how many were native to the environment. It is a place of great serenity and contentment, but 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. Rather than nature and humans being in conflict, a healthy ecosystem is one that includes people. Unlike people of today, people in the past understood that humans cannot grasp nature in its entirety, and that it is not possible to control nature. Perhaps these people, who lived more closely aligned to the rules of nature, created this comfortable natural environment.

In premodern times, people flourished by the sea on secluded islands. Perhaps there is something of the premodern relationship between nature and people left in these islands, and we wonder how humans behaved when living under the assumption that nature cannot be controlled or grasped in its entirety.

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