The National Art Center, in Tokyo commemorated its 10th Anniversary in January by commissioning a large installation from architect, Emmanuelle Moureaux, “Forest of Numbers” – a visualized symbolization of their future from 2017 to 2026. Their 2000 square meter exhibition room was presented with partition walls for the first time, filled with “100 colors – more than 60,000 pieces of suspended numeral figures – ceiling to floor inspirations and emotions, for vistors to wander through. This installation was created with the help of 300 volunteers, and drew over 20,000 visitors in 10 days.
Emmanuelle Moureaux does layers and color like no other. She’s not simply playing around with the color wheel, but assigning meaning and hopeful desires to her three-dimensional layered numerology. This practice she attributes to the first time she visited Tokyo, where she now works and lives.
“I was immediately impressed by the colorful store signs and vending machines…these elements gave depth to the space and appeared beautifully like a painting. The emotion I felt was the inspiration to my design concept of shikiri, which means dividing space with color.” *
“The numeral figures from 0 to 9 were aligned in three dimensional grids. A section was removed, created a path that cut through the installation, invited visitors to wonder inside the colorful forest filled with numbers. The installation was composed of 10 layers which is the representation of 10 years time. Each layer employed 4 digits to express the relevant year such as 2, 0, 1, and 7 for 2017, which were randomly positioned on the grids. As part of Emmanuelle’s “100 colors” installation series, the layers of time were colored in 100 shades of colors, created a colorful time travel through the forest.”**
The More You Know:
- Watch a video of the installation, Forest of Numbers going up here on Emmanuelle’s Vimeo.
*quote pulled from interview with Moureaux in Attitude Magazine, 2015
**quote pulled from Emmanuelle Moureaux website.