Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13



Jason Bruges Studio Presents Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13 “The Constant Gardeners”

Jason Bruges Studio is delighted to announce The Constant Gardeners, an unprecedented, large-scale, performative robotic art installation, which will be unveiled on 28 July 2021 in Ueno Park, Tokyo as part of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13. The artwork was commissioned by The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and is delivered in partnership with the British Council, as part of their UK/JAPAN bilateral season.
Spanning art, technology and sports, the outdoor installation will run in parallel to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, combining cutting-edge computing and the ancient tradition of the Japanese Zen garden. Analysing past video footage from across a wide range of sporting disciplines and events, The Constant Gardeners will create a new visual language to communicate and celebrate the motion of the professional athletes and their feats of physical prowess. The installation will produce dynamic, representative patterns, which ‘the gardeners’, a team of four industrial robot arms mounted on linear rails, will precisely rake into a large-scale gravel canvas, consisting of fourteen tonnes of crushed black basalt, surrounded by a further four tonnes of silver-grey granite. In a series of daily performances, ‘the gardeners’ will work together to create around one-hundred-and-fifty unique illustrations throughout the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Some of the performances will showcase the story of an event unfolding over time, while others will shine a light on a single spectacular movement or sporting moment.

“The Constant Gardeners”
Dates: 28 July – 5 September 2021
Venue: Ueno Park, Tokyo
Official Website:

For more details, please see the press release.