With its stunning rice terraces, ancient castles and iconic hot air balloon festivals, Saga Prefecture has a lot to offer travelers looking for a sightseeing spot. With Covid-19 travel restrictions firmly in place, however, the prefecture has lost many of its visitors, and with them some of its spark, in recent months. To help reinvigorate the neighborhood, the art collective Naked organizes a digital art exhibition in two places in the city of Saga.
Naked Garden Saga will open on October 1 at Saga Prefecture Government Office Observation Room and the Saga Castle To park. The first will feature Naked’s âDandelionâ installation, where you can see a giant dandelion projected inside the viewing platform with the skyline of Saga town as a backdrop. The artwork is also interactive, so if you wave your smartphone in front of the dandelion puff, the seeds will float to create new flowers.
There is even more to see at the ruins of the 17th-century Saga Castle, where you can explore the grounds surrounding the castle while holding a special lantern that projects pink sakura petals on the ground as you walk.
A nod to the prefecture’s annual Saga International Balloon Fiesta, the park will feature an interactive hot air balloon installation, including a fleet of augmented reality hot air balloons, as well as a digital art projection against the castle walls.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands before entering the park, but you’ll be happy to know that even this simple safety protocol is tied to his own digital artwork, titled âNaked Tsukubaiâ.
The exhibition in Saga Castle Park will take place from October 1 to November 23, while the installation in the observation room of the government office will be available until February 28, 2022. Tickets can be booked online – admission to the observation room is 500, while tickets to the ruins of the castle grounds cost 700. A set of tickets for both sites is also available for 1,100.
For more information see the Naked Inc event page.
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