The field of robotics and artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming an integral part of our daily lives. Horti-bot Arcadia consists of a family of autonomous beings whose sole purpose in life is the endless pursuit of perfecting one’s garden. Taking inspiration from Japanese Zen gardens, the artwork celebrates the beauty and aesthetics of the organic and the man-made.
Visitors will experience an ever-changing expression of global inter-connectivity and interaction as people around the world contribute to the garden’s appearance by influencing the movement and animation of the robots. The continual raking and pattern-making of the gardeners is mesmerizing and meditative and creates a place of rest and contemplation at Mountain View.
The installation provides a platform for people to engage with technology and a moment to contemplate an exciting future as robotics and artificial intelligence become increasingly present in our everyday lives.