TOKYO – No fewer than 20,000 'twigs' in 100 shades of colour comprised Emmanuelle Moureaux's installation at the Tokyo edition of the Wood Furniture Japan Award exhibition. The architect, who used the Japanese notion of bunshi ('ramification') as a source of inspiration, envisioned a 'forest of small, colourful branches that multiply and diverge in all directions'. She goes on to explain that, metaphorically, bunshi refers to a 'branching out of encounters between materials, designers and artisans' and, visually, to the 'branching out of trees'.
After amassing such an incredible number of identical elements – made with a special mould in a paper factory – the Tokyo-based Frenchwoman filled the entire exhibition hall with a cascading three-dimensional sculpture. She removed just enough to create a pathway through the exhibition, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the project. The approach, she says, affords the feeling of 'being wrapped by many shades of colour' and conjures 'uplifting emotions'.
For the exhibition's Paris appearance, Moureaux altered the installation, making it conform to the distinctive qualities of a white gallery space. She suspended a smaller quantity of the original modules from the ceiling to form mobiles, which swayed gently to and fro, portraying lightness and weightlessness rather than mass. The lessons in her design? She wants to arouse awareness of ‘the emotions evoked by a colourful world’ and to make visitors ‘more conscious of the colours that surround us in daily life’.
Photos Daisuke Shima (Nacása & Partners Inc.)
See more colour scheming projects by Emmanuelle Moureaux here.