The Digital Greenhouse: Interactive Illuminations, I Am In You!

Level up, holiday lightshow fanboys & girls! This digital greenhouse ups the ante in the illuminations game, bigtime.

First of all, you can go inside and LIVE THE KALEIDOSCOPIC DREAM.

But that’s not all. You can trigger new musical sounds and light patterns by touching the live veggie plants inside. (Yes. Dying. Going to heaven.) Seriously, isn’t this what you always wished illuminations could be?

But don’t take my word for it – here’s a clip of it, from the outside.

But enough of that, let’s go in!

At first it’s just all sparkly

Then the music and lights begin to pulse and glow

Vines snake out from the planter boxes

And bloom into big poppy-ish flowers

And then the light show begins, cycling through birds flying overhead and a rainbow aurora of light

That was worth a trip to Tokyo, right? But hang on, here’s a two-minute clip of my favorite sequence:

The greenhouse is lined with planters of real, live vegetables, and official attendants are roaming around to help you figure out how to touch them so they layer in new lights and sounds. Tomatoes add violins, cabbages insert oboe sounds, and carrots trigger trumpets.

So, you may ask rhetorically, could it get any better? Why yes, it could. Because it’s FREE!

This installation is called “Digital Vegetables,” and it was made by up-and-coming design studio PARTY. If you’re in Tokyo and want to see it for yourself, it’ll be at Tokyo Midtown until November 5, 2017. There’s a map on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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And here’s a one-minute Fallen Angel video, for your viewing pleasure…