A Trip Inside Emmanuelle Moureaux’s ‘Forest of Numbers’

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At the National Art Center in Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux helps the spot mark its 10th anniversary with the installation “Forest of Numbers.” This “symbolization of the next 10 years to come” consists of more than 60,000 suspended numbers, with a path cut through the work so that visitors can immerse themselves inside of the “forest.” The 10 layers of the piece represents a decade, with 4 digits that represent years between 2017 and 2026. Moreso, 100 shades of hues were used in the installation. It took 300 volunteers to pull off the work.

Moureaux’s site comments on the room used for the work: “Used without any partition walls for the first time, the 2000 square meter White Cube exhibition room became a canvas of the installation, filled with “100 colors”, inspiration and emotion, which became the largest installation of Emmanuelle’s work.”

The installation is part of Moureaux’s broader “100 Colors” series, which has brought vibrant installations to spot inside and in the outdoors for the past several years. Moreaux is a French architect who is based in Tokyo. She’s an associate professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design. She won a American Architecture Prize in 2016.

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