Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux has done it again with this visually stimulating scene featuring more than 25,000 colorful paper flowers slowly spiraling along their individual lines around a 6-meter atrium at the multi-purpose cultural center of Omotesando in Tokyo. We have been wowed by her work previously, and this in particular is part of her newest interactive installation, “Color Mixing,” where the French-born, Tokyo-based architect has transformed this atrium through her vibrant works as part of NSK’s 100th anniversary exhibition, “Setting the Future in Motion.”

In order to convey the technology of NSK simply and beautifully, Moureaux presents this enormous installation to show the movement of colors using bearings. As visitors move into the spiral atrium, they are immersed in Moureaux’s colorful paper world. This empty space has now become a secret garden where flowers pour down in hundreds of different colors.

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle MoureauxOver 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Moureaux makes intelligent use of NSK’s technology by installing bearings, windmills, and small fans at the top of each vertical strand of paper flowers. As a result, the installation slowly rotates, changing hues as it moves. Due to the fact that each individual flower has petals of different colors, the variations become evident during this movement.

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle MoureauxOver 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

“Each one is a small and simple movement. When condensing the simple movements in a single space and overlap with colors, it becomes a mind-blowing installation that releases large energy.”

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle MoureauxOver 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Along the form of the spiral slope symbolizes the Spiral Garden, the flower motifs in hundreds of shades of colors has saturated the space of about 6 meters in height. In the middle of the installation, a circular empty space allows visitors to be surrounded by the colors and immerse themselves in this technicolor space. The paper installation is a layered work comprised of 25200 flower motifs aligned in regular three dimensional grids, making it into a wall of colored paper flowers. By amplifying the quantities and colors, Moureaux takes a seemingly simple concept and transforms it into a work of art made for maximum impact.

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle MoureauxOver 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle MoureauxOver 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The same flower motifs spread like a garden as a scenographic element of the venue, to accentuate the sense of unity throughout the whole exhibition. By using bearings also for the axes of the flowers, visitors can extend their hands and turn the stalk to feel the spinning of the bearings through their own color mixing.

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle MoureauxOver 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

via Bakersfield Now, images courtesy of Emmanuelle Moureaux

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