Friday, 24 April 2015

Hanging gardens of ... Tokyo

An extraordinary garden is delighting visitors to Japan.

A few years ago, before I came down with this serious dose of orchidmania, I would not have believed that these were all the same species, given the astonishing variety of form and colour. Now I know better.   

A suspended, living arrangement of 2,300 flowers rise and fall around viewers as they move through the space at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. ‘Floating Flower Garden: Flowers and I are of the same root, the Garden and I are one’, a project by Japanese artists at teamLab.

A computer-controlled system shifts the myriad orchids up and down depending on who is below. Flowers part like curtains, forming a bubble around the viewer.

The orchids on display take in water and nutrients through their roots and are soil-free, meaning the garden is actually growing, even though it’s installed upside-down.

According to the artists, the scent of each flower is intensified when it’s pollinated by its corresponding partner insects, and the fragrance changes throughout the day.

The run has been extended to 10 May, due to demand.

Check out the video to get the full floral effect.

By Pamela  Kelt