100 years to come in 100 colors, mirai by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux

Known for her large-scale installations, Emmanuelle Moureaux’s first public art sculpture has been unveiled in the new well-being distric in Tokyo, Japan.

The sculpture is titled ‘mirai’, meaning ‘the future’ in Japanese. As part of Moureaux’s ongoing ‘100 colors’ installation series, ‘mirai’ visualizes the next 100 years to come (2020 to 2119) in 100 different shades of colors.

Standing at 4 meters in height, composed of 592 layered big numbers, the structure of the sculpture provides a big enough gap in between the years to allow children to interact with the piece. Furthermore, when looking inside the body of the sculpture, passersby will notice that the colorful future is in fact supported structurally by the past, which is represented by white numbers.

‘mirai’ is on permanent display in GREEN SPRINGS at the tachikawa stage garden entrance plaza.

“100 years condensed in mirai
To welcome a lot of dreams
The city will change as people change
2020 will become the past
Dreams overlapping with years
Creating an infinity of colors
Dreams condensed in condensed 100 years
Smile and imagine
Colorful future”

Emmanuelle Moureaux 

About 100 colors

“100 colors” is an installation series that began in 2013, which forms space using 100 shades of colors. Emmanuelle Moureaux wishes to give emotions through colors as she felt from seeing overflowing “colors” in Tokyo when she first visited in 1995. She also wishes to give opportunities for people to see, touch and feel colors with their senses to become more conscious of colors that exist around them.

In “100 colors”, colors are explored in various forms depending on the environment, to maximize the beauty of colors. 100 colors entering the body with a glance triggers a physical response to engage with the sensation of colors. The installation series will continue to travel around the world.

“When I first arrived in Tokyo, I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street. In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan. Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional “layers” in the city. The flood of various colors pervaded the street built up a complex depth and intensity in the space.  These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of “shikiri”, which means dividing (creating) space with colors. Valuing the emotion inspired from Tokyo, I want to show the beauty of colors to the fullest extent. I also wish to share the feeling of being surrounded by overflowing colors by exhibiting 100 colors, here in the middle of Tokyo. Please come and find your favorite color. “

Emmanuelle Moureaux (September, 2013)
Emmanuelle Moureaux
Emmanuelle Moureaux
Emmanuelle Moureaux

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