Graffiti Nature - High Mountains and Deep Valleys, Red List

teamLab, 2016-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Graffiti Nature - High Mountains and Deep Valleys, Red List

teamLab, 2016-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

This is a world where various creatures drawn by everyone live in a large, three-dimensional space consisting of slopes with different elevations. There are high mountains and deep valleys in the world, living things cross the mountains and valleys and spread out. The creatures you draw are somewhere in this place. Try looking for them.

Living things eat each other and are eaten by each other to create one ecosystem. When salamanders are stepped on too much they die. Flowers will bloom if you stand still, but will disperse if you walk around.

The butterflies you and others draw will fly through the other artworks of the Borderless World, crossing the boundaries of works, descending the stairs, and crossing the floor. The Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders is created from these butterflies and those that are born from people in the Butterfly House.

This work is based on the Red List and depicts local endangered wildlife.

Background of Artwork

Ecosystem

  • More than 10 million living species are said to exist on Earth. Each and every one of these species lives while interacting with the others. Plants create nutrition from rain, soil, and the sunlight (photosynthesis). Animals eat those plants. These animals, in turn, are eaten by other animals. When animals die bacteria decompose their bodies, allowing plants to use them for nutrition.

  • All these living things and the habitat they live in is known as an “ecosystem”. Inside an ecosystem, everyone plays a specific role. Therefore, when an animal or plant greatly changes in number due to climate change or human intervention, the ecosystem’s balance is destroyed, thus affecting all that live inside it.