From now until August 31st, Teamlab’s ‘Resonating Spheres’ and ‘Resonating Trees’ will illuminate Shimogamo in a burst of colour and light. The Resonating Trees welcome visitors to the shrine at the entrance as the light and colour of the illuminations are affected by human presence. Sensing movement, the colours bloom and change from that point of origin, creating a stunning visual affect. The Resonating Trees display will also respond to animal presence; Teamlab hopes this will remind people of the existence of other living things sharing our space.
The Resonating Spheres are large orbs set up around the shrine. Unlike most art, these are ones you are encouraged to touch. As an interactive display, the large orbs change colour in response to touch. All of the spheres are connected so this in turn affects the colors of all the surrounding globes, creating a chain reaction of light and art. It’s a metaphor for the cause and effect of the world, but also its harmony.
Shimogamo Shrine is one of seventeen Historical Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Dating back to the sixth century, it is one of Japan’s oldest shrines. Teamlab’s artistic display will bring modern digital art and ancient beauty together for an experience like no other.