As a part of their 10th anniversary commemoration, the National Art Center of Tokyo presented the museum activities of the past ten years in the Special Exhibition Gallery room — which was superimposed with a large installation “Forest of Numbers”.
Made by Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux, the installation symbolizes of the next 10 years of time, while each individual layer made use of four digits to coincide with the relevant year of that layer.
The 2,000-square-meter White Cube exhibition room became a canvas of the installation and transformed into a vibrantly-colored wonderland. 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 is 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.
Inside the colorful forest, two girls and one cat were lost inside, added playfulness to the largest installation of Emmanuelle‘s work. In concert with the installation, the compilation of exhibition posters from the last ten years filled the wall on the right, and the opposite wall across the room simply expressed the next ten years with white numbers.
You can get a feel for the colorful installation via the imagery below.