A Multi-Sensory Art Experience Takes Over the National Art Center of Tokyo

French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux was commissioned to transform a 2,000 sq. meters exhibition space at the National Art Center of Tokyo to celebrate their 10th year anniversary. The artist created this magnificent interactive piece using brightly colored paper cut into numerals which is called Forest of Numbers, the symbolization of the next 10 years to come.

 

The installation visualized the decade of the future from 2017 to 2026, created a sense of stillness across the large exhibition space. More than 60,000 pieces of suspended numeral figures from 0 to 9 were regularly 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 are 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 and it’s one of the largest installations by the artist to date.

 

This installation was created with the cooperation of 300 volunteers, excited the attention of over 20,000 visitors in 10 days. (source)

 

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