Former oil storage tanks have been turned into the TANK Shanghai, a brand new 645,000-square-foot complex hosting bookstores, restaurants, galleries, and an education center. “Universe of Water Particles in the Tank,” a magnificent digital art exhibit, is located at TANK No. 5.
The exhibit is meant to blur the lines between art, technology, and science, and to allow art viewers to fully interact with the colorful and computer-generated displays.
“Universe of Water Particles in the Tank” features several works. “Transcending Boundaries” is an enormous digital waterfall that flows down the walls of the tank. Guests walking around the tank interrupt the flow of the fall and then the course of the water changes. “Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together” continuously displays a year’s worth of flower growth, blooms, and death within the tank. The flowers are the product of the previous digital waterfall. If viewers are still around, more flowers appear, but if they walk around the space and touch the displays, the flowers scatter.