Forest of Numbers

By Danielle Pope

Forest of Numbers
Take a look inside this colourful matrix

Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French architect living in Tokyo.  Her work in architecture and design plays with colour and space. Inspired by the layers and colours of Tokyo that build a complete depth and density on the street, she has created the concept of shiki, which literally means “dividing (or creating) space with colours.” Moureaux uses colours as three-dimensional elements, like layers in order to create new spaces.

In her most recent exhibition, Moureaux created Forest of Numbers to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of The National Art Centre in Tokyo. The exhibition completely transformed the 2,000 square metre Special Exhibition Gallery room into a colourful matrix.

To create the exhibition, more than 60,000 pieces of suspended numeral figures from 0 to 9 were regularly aligned in three dimensional grids. The installation was comprised of ten layers, with each layer representing a year of the National Art Centre. The layers were also coloured in one hundred different shades, and a path was then made for visitors to walk through and experience this colourful wonderland.

To find out more about Moureaux and her work, see her website or follow her on Instagram

Click through our gallery above to see more of Moureaux’s Forest of Numbers. All images courtesy of the artist.




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