Mifuneyama Rakuen Park is a sprawling natural sanctuary in Kyushu that was created in 1845. It is home to some of Japan’s most spiritual and sacred objects of nature such as trees that are hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of years old. The site is also home to enormous megaliths. Almost supernatural in their formation, they have been preserved as a dwelling place of god. These enormous stones serve as inspiration for digital art collective TeamLab’s latest on-site installation.
Mifuneyama Park is currently hosting a large-scale exhibition by TeamLab, who have used their signature style of digital art to transform roughly 20 spaces of the park into contemplative, immersive artworks the blend nature and technology. The latest to open within the park is “Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins.”
Installed within an abandoned bathhouse – a space where time has stopped completely – TeamLab has installed a series of megaliths that have seemingly risen out from the ground. Projected onto these megaliths is an ever-changing animation of waterfalls and flowers. The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither and eventually fade away, a statement on the never-stopping flow of time.