PHOTOS: Tokyo's teamLab Just Launched a Majestic Water Show, and It's Free

It's as big as two Olympic-sized pools and will run in Laguna for a whole year.

(SPOT.ph) If you've seen beautiful digital-art displays in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Macao, then you've probably come up close with a teamLab creation. This 650-member strong art collective based in Japan is known for transforming any indoor or outdoor location into a 3D canvas with a breathtaking burst of colors and otherworldly images through projections. Now, they've created a massive water show at Globe Lakeside in Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna. The 30-minute spectacle called Nuvali teamLab Water: Interactive Water Show is free and open to the public for a whole year starting on November 22, Friday.

See Nuvali teamLab Water: Interactive Water Show at Globe Lakeside.
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Three water pumps at the center of the lake create a wall of mist, which serves as a projection screen that spans a total of 100 meters by 15 meters, almost as wide as two Olympic-sized pools. During a sneak peek of the show on November 19, John Estacio, Nuvali Estate Head, said that Globe Lakeside can accommodate up to 2,500 people at any given time. The optimal viewing area is on the east side of the green space. The display features four exhibitions, two of which are interactive through the use of their free mobile application.

The massive projection spans a total of 100 meters.
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The show runs for a whole year, so there's really no excuse to not see it.
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The interactive piece "Born from the Water, a Loving and Beautiful World” lets the audience choose a Japanese character on their smartphones (such as the symbol for firefly or for fire), then swipe it towards the water. Once on the water screen, these words come alive through colorful images. The whole installation is highly dependent on the interaction of the audience, imbibing "Ayala Land's commitment to community-building by promoting art," Estacio pointed out. “Born from the Water, a Loving and Beautiful World” has calligraphy by Sisyu and sound by Hideaki Takahashi.

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See your chosen Japanese characters come alive.
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Designing the first piece is a group effort, not only by teamLab but also by audience members.
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The second piece, called "Water Scrolls: Genpei Yashima Battle," tells the history of the Genpei War from 1180 to 1185 as well as the naval Battle of Yashima. This national civil war between the Taira and Minamoto clans is told through intricate projections, including boats, armed men on horses, and a water dragon. This tale is told through calligraphy by Sisyu, sound by Hideaki Takahashi and Biwa, and narration by Yoshiko Sakata.

"Genpei Yashima Battle" is based on historic accounts of the Genpei War in 12th century Japan.  
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In the epic account The Tale of the Heike, it is said that a beautiful lady in a Taira boat placed a fan atop a pole and dared the Minamoto to knock it off.
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And Nasu no Yoichi, on his horse, did just that in one shot.
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The third digital installation, "teamLab Interactive Fishing Party," lets the audience turn their phones into a fishing reel. Every user is assigned a color for their fishing rod, which you can use by spinning your device as if you're holding a reel. If you spin hard enough, you might be able to catch a fish, which will be registered on your phone's fishing catalog. The game ends with a huge “monster fish,” which is caught through a team effort of spinning and reeling with everyone in the audience.

A giant fish swims in the lake of Nuvali.
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The audience can catch the "monster fish" by using their phones as fishing reel.
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All you have to do is download Nuvali teamLab Water mobile application on Google Play or App Store to join in on all the fun.
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The last exhibition, "Reversible Rotation in Water," is a relaxing way to cap off the night. Beautiful brush strokes fill the rotating water screen, recreating the age-old tradition of Japanes calligraphy in a three-dimensional space.

The last piece showcases enchanting Japanese calligraphy.
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“You can visit with your important person or you can come by yourself, it’s fine. You can see how beautiful nature is, how beautiful the space is—and just enjoy the little things,” Kudo Takashi, communications director of teamLab, told members of the press. He explained that since the show is displayed in an open-space, every time you see it can be a completely different experience. You can see it from different angles, catch it as the sky changes colors during sundown, or appreciate the show under a blanket of stars. 

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Nuvali teamLab Water: Interactive Water Show runs from November 22 to November 22, 2020 at Globe Lakeside, Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna. The 30-minute show runs at 30-minute intervals from 6 p.m to 9 p.m., from Friday to Saturday. Admission is free. Nuvali teamLab Water mobile application is free for download through Google Play and App Store. For more information, follow Nuvali on Facebook.

Photos by Jilson Tiu

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