60,000 Paper Cut-Outs Form a Forest of Numbers in Tokyo

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For the 10th anniversary of the National Art Center of Tokyo, architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux installed Forest of Numbers – a huge rainbow-hued installation of floating numerals. 

A gallery space at Tokyo’s National Art Center was transformed into an Instagram-friendly maze of floating numbers last month.

To celebrate the center’s 10th anniversary, Tokyo-based Emmanuelle Moureaux suspended more than 60,000 vibrantly hued paper numbers from the ceiling of the main gallery space to form her aptly titled Forest of Numbers.

Emmanuelle Moureaux's Forest of Numbers

Using digits 0 to 9, she aligned the cut-outs in colour-coded, three-dimensional grids. There were 10 layers in the installation, to represent the center’s next decade, and each layer was comprised of four digits to signify a specific year – 2, 0, 1 and 9 for 2019, for example. A swath was cut down the centre, giving a visitors a path to wander in and out of the suspended rainbow.

Emmanuelle Moureaux's Forest of Numbers

Forest of Numbers, which ran from January 20 to 30, was part of Moureaux’s “100 colors” series of installations featuring 100 hues. Filling the National Art Center’s 2,000-square-metre gallery space, Forest of Numbers was her biggest installation to date.

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