Color of Time by Emmanuelle Moureaux

“Color of Time”, an installation by artist Emmanuelle Moureaux, is designed to depict the passage of time over the course of a day. The installation is designed to visualize the passing of time and is part of a series of exhibitions that aim to explore the different functions of materials.

Artist Emmanuelle Moureaux used over 120,000 paper number cutouts to create this multihued installation, which is currently touring at the Toyama Prefecture Museum of Art and Design. Having chosen paper as her main material, Moureaux began observing the relationship between the sensory element of colour-change, and the mathematical element of time.

The paper cut-outs are shaped like numbers, and those numbers are organized into 100 rows. Each row is meant to represent a different time of day, from sunrise at 6:30 AM to sunset at 7:49 PM. Not only do the rows display those times numerically, but each row is a different hue, ranging from bright white, red, and orange in the morning area to cool blues and black in the evening.

Born in 1971, France Emmanuelle Moureaux is an architect living in Tokyo since 1996. Inspired by the layers and colors of Tokyo that built a complex depth and density on the street, and the Japanese traditional spatial elements like sliding screens, she has created the concept of shikiri, which literally means “dividing (creating) space with colors”. She uses colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces.

Photography is by Daisuke Shima.

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