The Constant Gardeners, an unprecedented, large-scale, performative robotic art installation, is London-based Jason Bruges Studio’s first work to be displayed in Japan.
Spanning art, technology and sports, the outdoor installation is a work of art that combines cutting-edge computing and the ancient tradition of the Japanese Zen garden. The Constant Gardeners will create a new visual language to communicate and celebrate the motion of the professional athletes and their feats of physical prowess. The installation will produce dynamic, representative patterns, which ‘the gardeners’, a team of four industrial robot arms mounted on linear rails, will precisely rake into gravel canvas. This large-scale canvas consists of fourteen tonnes of crushed black basalt, surrounded by a further four tonnes of silver-grey granite. In a series of daily performances, ‘the gardeners’ will work together to create around one-hundred-and-fifty unique illustrations. Some of the performances will showcase the story of an event unfolding over time, while others will shine a light on a single spectacular movement or sporting moment.
Date: 28 July 2021 (Wed) - 5 September 2021 (Sun)
Place: Ueno Onshi Park Fountain Square (5-20 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 18:00
Organisers: Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Support: the British Council
※The installation will implement various COVID-19 measures to ensure maximum safety. Visitors will be required to co-operate with the measures in place.
※The program is subject to change. More information will be released through The Constant Gardeners website.