2021 TAIT Yearbook

43 Part of the UK’s contribution to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, The Constant Gardeners was a large-scale outdoor art installation based at Ueno Park in Tokyo for the Tokyo Tokyo Festival Special 13 art exhibition. Featuring four Cobot robotic arms creating Olympic-inspired art in a 74m2 pit of crushed black basalt, we were tasked with creating a 30x16m interlocking decking system with an unlimited lifespan that could handle the rigors of outside use, but that could be torn down and rebuilt in a new setting with minimal effort. COVID restrictions meant the staging had to be designed and built in the UK, before shipping to Japan for the festival’s month-long run which opened on July 28. Images: Jimmy Cohrssen