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Emmanuelle Moureaux's Color mixing, in motion:Watch the colourful motifs as they twirl into forming this vivid installation

The central space

‘Color Mixing’ was a part of the exhibition hosted by NSK in Tokyo for their 100th anniversary in November 2016.

The flower motifs

Emmanuelle is known for creating the concept of shikiri which means ‘dividing spaces with colours’.

100 shades of flower motifs

“Through my creation, I want people to see colours, touch colours, and feel colours with their senses,” says Emmanuelle.

The flower motifs as they turn
The cases of the flower motifs, attached to the rotating bearings

For ‘Color Mixing’, Emmanuelle created an immersive installation that shows the movement of colours using bearings.

The installation is formed of a spiral slope, portraying a spiral garden

The circular empty space in the middle of the installation allows visitors to fully experience this space created with colours.

Looking at the motifs, held by the bearings

The colourful floral motifs, hosting in themselves, a hundred different shades and tints of colour

The circular empty space in the middle of the installation

The artwork, unlike most, is entirely accessible to the visitors, who are free to turn the stalks to experience the spinning of bearings

This widely spread out garden of rustling colours, unifies the large exhibition, binding it together with its mesmerising captivity

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Lab 05 Sep 2017

Sensory Experiences: Emmanuelle Moureaux uses a 100 shades to create a highly immersive installation

Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux created a magnificent immersive installation ‘Color Mixing’ for NSK Ltd, a bearings manufacturer company based in Japan. This was a part of the exhibition titled ‘Sense of Motion’, hosted by NSK Ltd. at the Omotesando Spiral, Tokyo for their 100th anniversary in November 2016. CQ learns more.

Emmanuelle Moureaux has been living in Tokyo since 1996 and in 2003, she established her practice emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design, known for creating the concept of shikiri which means ‘dividing spaces with colours’. Emmanuelle mentions on her website that shikiri is inspired by the various layers and colours of Tokyo that build a complex depth and density on the street, and the Japanese traditional spatial elements like sliding screens.

The central space

‘Color Mixing’ was a part of the exhibition hosted by NSK in Tokyo for their 100th anniversary in November 2016.

“I use colours as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces…I want to give emotion through colours, whether it is architecture or an art piece, ” she says. “Through my creation, I want people to see colours, touch colours, and feel colours with their senses. The overflowing effects of colours in space will show that colours can give more than a space, but a space with additional layers of human emotion.”

The flower motifs

Emmanuelle is known for creating the concept of shikiri which means ‘dividing spaces with colours’.

100 shades of flower motifs

“Through my creation, I want people to see colours, touch colours, and feel colours with their senses,” says Emmanuelle.

To fructify her vision, Emmanuelle has been working on an installation series – 100 colours – which was unveiled in 2013 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her studio. ‘Color Mixing’ has now also become a part of this series.

The flower motifs as they turn

“Through my creation, I want people to see colours, touch colours, and feel colours with their senses. The overflowing effects of colours in space will show that colours can give more than a space, but a space with additional layers of human emotion.” 

For ‘Color Mixing’, Emmanuelle created an immersive installation that shows the movement of colours using bearings. 100 shades of colours have been used to create 25,200 flower motifs, aligned in regular 3D grids, about 6 meters in height. The petals of flower motifs produce new colors as they turn.  

The cases of the flower motifs, attached to the rotating bearings

For ‘Color Mixing’, Emmanuelle created an immersive installation that shows the movement of colours using bearings.

The installation is formed of a spiral slope, portraying a spiral garden

The circular empty space in the middle of the installation allows visitors to fully experience this space created with colours.

The flower motifs are attached to the vertical axes (created with bearings), which rotate with the help of the bearings, and the windmills installed at the top that receives wind from the circulators. From the slope, the layer of the colours changes so that the visitors get to see the installation with various gazes. The circular empty space in the middle of the installation allows visitors to fully experience this space created with colours.

Looking at the motifs, held by the bearings

The colourful floral motifs, hosting in themselves, a hundred different shades and tints of colour

The circular empty space in the middle of the installation

The artwork, unlike most, is entirely accessible to the visitors, who are free to turn the stalks to experience the spinning of bearings

This widely spread out garden of rustling colours, unifies the large exhibition, binding it together with its mesmerising captivity

Check out more about Emmanuelle's work on her website at emmanuellemoureaux.com. You could keep up with her on Instagram, and FacebookAlso, learn more about NSK here.