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- tranquility /trang-KWIL-i-tee/
- masterpiece /MAS-ter-piece/
- aroma /uh-ROH-ma/
- resilience /ri-ZIL-yuhns/
- trait /treyt/
[noun] – a peaceful, calm state, without noise, violence, worry, etc
A day at the beach is all I need to gain tranquility.
[noun] – a work of art such as a painting, film, or book that is made with great skill
I believe that Kokoro is Natsume Sōseki’s masterpiece.
[noun] – a strong, usually pleasant smell
She loves the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
[noun] – the ability to be happy, successful, etc. again after something difficult or bad has happened
Sheena’s natural resilience helped her rise as a leader.
[noun] – a particular characteristic that can produce a particular type of behaviour:
Loyalty is a trait she looks for in a friend.
Once you step foot inside the installation, you will be greeted by the orchids suspended from the ceiling as if they are floating in mid-air. But it doesn’t stop there, when you approach the orchids, the flowers would slowly begin to rise, allowing you to enter the space, before descending again behind you. “We are using real living orchids, but behind them are so many technologies,” says Takeshi Kudo, communications director at teamLab. The artwork is also adorned with a mirrored floor, the plants’ aromas, and composer Hideaki Takahashi’s entrancing music.
The teamLab collective chose orchids because they symbolize resilience and adaptability, traits that they hope to examine through their artwork. “Orchids can live without soil, and we can learn so many things from them and other plants. They have more history than human beings.” The orchid haven is on show at teamLab Planets, a museum in Tokyo, and will remain open until the end of 2022.
- Have you been to an art exhibition?
- What place in your city do you consider the most tranquil?
- If you were to create an installation, what would it be like? What do you want visitors to experience?
- Do you think there should be more nature-inspired art installations around the world?
- What do you think of the title “Floating Flower Garden; Flowers and I are of the Same Root, the Garden and I are One”?