'Future Flowers' blossom at an ancient Japanese shrine

From Engadget - April 16, 2018

Bergmann created Hanami 2050 to coincide with the festival, while using the blossoms and their pink colors as a strong theme. He made digital loops called "Future Flowers" in collaboration with Japanese design firm OneSal. They are displayed on screens integrated into the physical foliage on display. Buds emerge from the main flower, then sprout new flowers fractally like organic, extraterrestrial fireworks.

The Fukuoka / Dazaifu Tenmangu Shinto shrine in Japan's southeast hosted flowering shows in 2014 and 2016, but Bergmann wanted to try something new this year. "We wanted to surprise visitors and show them something they have never seen before," said Bergmann. "This time it's completely, utterly new: A vision of 'Hanami' in 2050." That's where the digital part comes into play, adding a future-forward twist to the pink-hued flower exhibitions and pink-fabric-wrapped temple arch.


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