Sculptures of Dissipative Birds in the Wind

teamLab, 2022, Interactive Digital Installation, Raised earth, Birds, Wind, Flora, H7300 mm W11550 mm (left), H7610 mm W111820 mm (center), H7670 mm W12300 mm (right), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Sculptures of Dissipative Birds in the Wind

teamLab, 2022, Interactive Digital Installation, Raised earth, Birds, Wind, Flora, H7300 mm W11550 mm (left), H7610 mm W111820 mm (center), H7670 mm W12300 mm (right), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Life is not defined by physical borders. Life is continuous with its environment, an existence whose boundaries are ambiguous.


The giant sculptures in this artwork depict the continuous dissipation of energy into the environment by the birds that fly around them.


When birds fly, that energy affects the environment, such as the flow of air.

The wind blowing and the birds flying at the present moment, and the memories of birds that flew by from sunrise to sunset overlap. The sculptures depict the energy dissipated into the wind by the birds at this very moment.


If birds do not fly around the artwork, the sculptures will dissolve into the darkness, as though they are non-existent.

Originally, there were no trees growing on the island where the sculptures stand. In order to create an environment favorable for birds, flora was planted near the sculptures to attract insects that birds could feed on. The sculptures are created by the birds that gather around the flora. The existence of both the birds and insects, however, is not just sustained by the flora of the island, but rather by the larger ecosystem made up of the forest and lake of the vast botanical garden. The sculptures themselves transcend the physical boundaries of existence; they are continuous and ambiguous with the surrounding environment.