Borrowed Nature

The Borrowed Nature draws inspiration from shared landscape design technique that exists in both China and Japan called “borrowed scenery”, ‘jiejing” or “shakkei”. The installation is an interpretation of the contemporary urban landscape that are permeated with ubiquitous networked objects such as mobile phone that have altered the way we read and navigate the city in recent history. The kinetic installation with multiple sensors and networked sculptures are an attempt to create the viewing experience that is division between the material and the virtual that intends to promote a dialogue about the technology and landscape.

The installation comprises of 8 flower units hovering above the water bed, inside a gallery space measuring 6 x 7m. The each flower unit is equipped with movement sensor to track the audience in the room and wifi module to communicate with other flower units.  When the visitor come close to a flower unit, it perform a welcoming gesture by bowing and opening the petals.  The activated flower unit also send signals to other flowers nearby creating a radiating network of lighting signals throughout the room.

Location: Design Society Museum (Exhibited as part of “Minding Digital” exhibition), Shenzhen
Scope: Design and fabrication of interactive installation
Project Team: Yutaka Yano, Sarah Lee, Roy Ip Tsz Wan, Dorothy Kan Kin Leung, Allan Au (Programming and Electric Engineering)