to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the national art center of tokyo opening its doors, architect emmanuelle moureaux has created a large scale paper installation – ‘forest of numbers’ – to welcome guests into the exhibition room. without the use of partition walls, a stream of 60,000 brightly colored numerals is suspended from the ceiling, representing the institution’s next decade.



‘forest of numbers’ by emmanuelle moureaux



the 2,000 square meter space becomes the blank canvas for emmanuelle moureaux‘s installation — her largest to date. a sense of stillness is evoked in the large room where the floating numbers from 0 to 9 are organized in three dimensional grids. to allow guests to be fully immersed in the forest of vivid color, a section was removed to create a pathway.

the installation is composed of 10 layers, representing the next decade
all images © daisuke shima



the installation is made up of 10 layers, representing the next decade. each layer employs 4 digits to express the relevant year such as 2, 0, 1, and 7 for 2017, which have been randomly positioned on the grids. as part of moureaux’s ‘100 colors’ installation series, which includes the omotesando spiral and inside the METoA, the layers of time are presented in 100 shades to create a colorful and memorable experience.

a compilation of exhibition posters from the last ten years is also presented






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