Permanent Interactive Digital Art Installation at Narita Airport by TeamLab and Famed Calligrapher
Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, outside of Tokyo, set up a permanent interactive digital art installation on April 27.
The name of the work, a collaborative piece between Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo-based ultra-technologist group TeamLab Inc. and famed Japanese calligrapher Shishu, is "What a Loving, and Beautiful World." It makes use of the largest of Narita Airport's 100 "Sky Gate Vision" digital signage fixtures, the roughly 385-inch "concave organic EL Panorama Vision" display in the Terminal 1 departures lobby.
A sensor detects people who approach the text on the signage. The text then takes the shape of an animal or other animate object to create an original, virtual fantasy world. As its creators explained, "The embodied creations interrelate with each other. A bird approaches a tree, or plants sprout when the rain falls. It constantly recreates the landscape."
The artwork was announced in 2011 and has toured six countries in Asia, South America and Europe. It has received high international acclaim, having received an award at an international contest and selected to be among the best four works by an online art magazine. It is also the first work of "interactive" digital art created for digital signage at a Japanese airport.
The display is turned on for the first 30 minutes of every hour from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.