Digital megaliths rise from ruins of a Japanese bathhouse

teamLab, known for its immersive, technology-driven exhibitions, is currently hosting several digital installations as part of its annual A Forest Where Gods Live, Ruins and Heritage. One of its most captivating installments is a sculptural presentation entitled Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins.

Located within the sprawling Mifuneyama Rakuen Park on the Japanese island of Kyushu, the installation, which accompanies two others in the exhibition, is comprised of column-like structures that appear to burst out of an abandoned Japanese bath house’s floor like pieces of kryptonite.

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruin
Digital megaliths appear to burst out of the floor

“The bathhouse was made in modern times, but after just a short period, it was abandoned, becoming a space-time where time had stopped completely,” says teamLab. “And this group of megaliths is also a mass made up of compressed space-times where the flow of time varies. Here, various space-times intersect and overlap.”

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruin

The digital patterns on the bathhouse megaliths are a fluid array of water droplets, cascading waterfalls, budding blooms, and wilted flowers that react to motion. If a person visiting the exhibition stands still at the Flowers and People megaliths, the flowers grow more abundantly. However, as they move away, they start to fade and wither. Similarly, the Universe of Water Particles installation features protected waterfalls that change in flow as people approach the structures.

Digital columns react to the environment
Megaliths react to the environment

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins

Each artwork within the bathhouse also influences the other — the water in one causes the flowers to scatter in the other. The megaliths transform without any pre-programmed behaviour, meaning every moment is unique and can never be seen again.

Columns create unique reactions throughout the bathhouse

A soundtrack was even created for the piece by Hideaki Takahashi, and sponsored by Grand Seiko. Take a look at how they interact with their environment below.

You can currently experience the Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins installation in person through to November 4, 2019.