Giant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room

Giant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French architect that has been living in Tokyo since 1996. There she established “emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design” in 2003. Inspired by the layers and colors that Tokyo provides, channeling complex depth and density on the streets, 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 these fine tuned spaces, not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces. Handling colors as a medium to compose space, her wish is to give emotion through colors with her creations, which range from art, design to architecture. In this series created for the Exhibition “Space in Ginza” at METoA Ginza in Tokyu Plaza Ginza, Emmanuelle revealed an installation that uses centimeter-level measurement accuracy of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) as a motif. The interactive installation gives form to the high precision technologies in a beautiful visual form.

Giant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle MoureauxGiant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle MoureauxGiant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle Moureaux

From approximately 40,000km in space (32,000−40,000km), the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System is able to measure your position (on x, y, and z axes) to an accuracy of centimeters. Having an orbit that travels directly above region of Japan, it is expected to improve the accuracy of GPS and car navigation system on a daily basis. Although the theme of the exhibition is “Universe”, the installation focuses strongly on bringing the perspective back to the Earth. Hence the installation employs 18000 woman’s silhouettes in 100 shades of colors, which express the crowd of people in Ginza. Almost drowning inside the crowd, three silhouettes (two girls and a cat) are lost inside, which encourage visitors to search and spot them within.

Giant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle MoureauxGiant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle MoureauxGiant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle Moureaux
The assemblage of prismatic silhouettes of woman. It is an expression of non-stopping crowded street in Tokyo. One can drown in the same repetition throughout the day, becoming one of the people on the street. Just like looking for the “lost” silhouettes in the crowd, the installation is a reminder to rethink where you belong.

Giant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle MoureauxGiant Paper Sculptures That Use Color to Divide and Establish Space Within a Room by Emmanuelle Moureaux

images courtesy of Emmanuelle Moureaux

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