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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.

Realistic Paper Sculptures That Play With Scale by Mikako Azakami

Realistic Paper Sculptures That Play With Scale by Mikako Azakami - Jumbo Camera

Tokyo based artist Makiko Azakami began her paper making career while working as a 3D modeler for Sony Creative Products, where her interests led to the Sogetsu School of flower arrangement where she further studied under hat designer Akio Hirata. An impulsive urge to create a sculpture of Godzilla led to a more serious interest in the arts, culminating in her first exhibition in Tokyo in 1985. The works in the exhibition were displayed as photographs, and the “cute” reception that the diminutive subjects received bothered Azakami. Many years later, when visiting an exhibition of Australian sculptor Ron Mueck, Azakami was impressed by his approach to subjects and their scale. Taken by the character and charm created by the simple combination of scale and material, Azakami tried her hand at recreating an assortment of objects. Taking everyday objects, such as cameras, typewriters or even a calculator, and recreating them in a variety of scales by shrinking them down, making them into paper toys or blowing them up beyond their usual dimensions, each crafted out of paper.

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.

Naoki Kawamoto: Orishiki Suitcase

Japanese product designer Naoki Kawamoto has utilized the inspiring style of origami folding to develop the 'Orishiki Suitcase', a traveling suitcase equipped with wheels that folds out flat for ease in storing and adaptability.