"100 colors" is an installation series began in 2013, which forms three dimensional space using 100 shades of colors. I want to give emotions through colors as I felt from seeing overflowing "colors" and "layers" in Tokyo when I first visited in 1995. I also want to give opportunities for people to see, touch and feel colors with their senses to become more conscious of colors that exist around them.
"100 colors" explores "shikiri" concept – concept I created - which means dividing (creating) space with colors. "Shikiri" is an invented name that literally means "to divide space using colors", in Japanese. I use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces – not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces.
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 spread colors 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)
Credit for "100 colors"
Design : emmanuelle moureaux
Photograph : Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
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"100 colors" past works
100 colors no.11 / bunshi, SPIRAL hall (2016)
100 colors no.10 / hanami for FURLA, Zojoji Temple (2015)
100 colors no.9 / 100 colors in 3.3 m2 , Zojoji Temple, Tokyo Japan (2015)
100 colors no.8 / en, FURLA Ginza Store, Tokyo, Japan (2015)
100 colors no.7 / Shinjuku Mitsui Building, Tokyo, Japan (2015)
100 colors no.6 / Shinjuku Nomura Building, Tokyo, Japan (2015)
100 colors no.5 / DANCE for FURLA, Zojoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan (2015)
100 colors no.4 / Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (2015)
100 colors no.3/ Shinjuku Central Park, Tokyo (2014)
100 colors no.2 / Colorful wind for UNIQLO, Global art installation in 8 countries 26 cities (2013)
100 colors no.1 / Shinjuku Mitsui Building, Tokyo, Japan (2013)