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teamLab: Floating Spheres of Omura Shrine

23Jun 2017 tomocchi
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What is this fantastical and mysterious scene???



Every night from Saturday June 3rd to Sunday July 2nd, Omura Park (at the remains of Kushima Castle) will transform into this art space of magical lights!!



“teamLab: Floating Spheres of Omura Shrine & Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins” is an interactive digital art display that changes the appearance of Omura Park through interactions with its visitors.



The people in charge of this is the digital art association teamLab. Made up of ultra-technologically savvy people like programmers, engineers, CG animators, artists, mathematicians, architects, web designers, graphic designers, and editors, they carry out art events all over the world.



By the time the exhibit had been open for a week, over 10,000 people had come to see it. The park has gotten quite busy with all the people, couples, and families coming to see the art.




The floating orbs at Omura Shrine change colors in reaction to the movements and touch of the people around them. Furthermore, the orbs interact with other nearby orbs to coordinate their colors and emit a mysterious tone.



Above, the orbs all turn pink in concert with one another.
Some people might think that digital art isn’t a good fit for a shrine. But after a bit of thought I remembered that shrines and temples have historically been places where people gather for festivities, and that makes them places of amusement, in a certain sense of the word.



These pictures were taken during a full moon. Even though the setting of Kushima Castle in Omura is very traditional, the atmosphere feels so vibrant and fresh with all these people enjoying themselves under the light of the full moon.



Since Kushima Castle was abandoned the Kushimazaki Forest inside it has gone untouched. The rustling trees and stone walls of the castle seem to be breathing along with the lights, which makes for a magical scene.
Wouldn’t you like to experience something completely new and extraordinary for an evening in the remains of a castle in Omura?





teamLab: Floating Spheres of Omura Shrine and Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins

Open from Saturday, June 3rd to Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
Hours: 7:00pm to 10:00om (entrance closes at 9:30)
Location: Kushimazaki Forest and Omura Shrine, Omura Park, Omura City, Nagasaki Prefecture
Residents of Omura City: Adults 500 yen, junior high school students and under are free All others: Adults 800 yen, junior high school students 300 yean, elementary school students and under are free (but must be accompanied by an adult).

※ Non-residents of Omura can receive 300 yen off their entrance costs by bringing a coupon flyer to the venue. Coupon flyers are available at the locations listed here:
Those with disability certificates receive free admission for themselves and one caregiver.
◆Exhibit will be closed in the event of inclement weather.
◆If you come on a rainy day, you’ll receive a special sticker as a gift as long as supplies last (Only 9,000 stickers are available).
◆Parking: No. 5 Parking lot of the Boat Race Arena (behind City Hall), at the site of the Old Gymnasium, and at the parking lot inside the park.