Emmanuelle Moureaux, known for her massive installations using numerals and letters as building blocks, recently crafted a new major work for the 100th anniversary of the Calpis brand. “Universe of Words” at 3331 Arts Chiyoda is the latest in the “100 Colors” series from the artist. Moureaux was last featured on our site here. Photos of this installation are by Daisuke Shima.
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.
When French designer Emmanuelle Moureaux first arrived in Tokyo, she became fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street. She found that the city’s overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings created three dimensional “layers”. The flood of various colors that pervade the city streets are mirrored in her design installations, which build up a complex depth and intensity of space. These experiences of colors and layers are in the inspiration of Moureaux’s latest project, “bunshi” (meaning “ramification”), which means to divide or spread out into branches- a rainbow-colored suspended forest made on 20,000 pieces of paper shaped like twigs in 100 shades of color.