100 colors compressed into a miniscule space of 3.3 m2 (one tsubo). A new work in Emmanuelle's "100 colors" series allows one to enjoy their own colorful space by lying down beneath 100 thin and delicate colors, swaying in the wind.
The space of 3.3m2 (one tsubo) is standing alone in Zojo-ji Temple with Tokyo Tower in the background. Colors appear like a condensed colorful volume when one look from far away and it gradually appear as a soft stream of colors as one approach. The sound 100 colors of thin papers gently rub against each other is heard when sitting on the rim (engawa) of the structure. When one lies on tatami mat and look up at the top, 100 colors of sky is fluttering along with the wind.
"100 colors" is an installation series began in 2013, which forms space using 100 shades of colors. Emmanuelle wishes to give emotions through colors as she felt from seeing overflowing "colors" in Tokyo when she first visited in 1995. She also wishes to give opportunities for people to see, touch and feel colors with their senses to become more conscious of colors that exist around them.
In "100 colors", Colors are explored in various forms depending on the environment, to maximize the beauty of colors. 100 colors entering the body with a glance triggers a physical response to engage with the sensation of colors. The installation series will continue to travel around the world.
"When I first arrived in Tokyo,
I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street.
In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan.
Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables,
and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings,
created three dimensional “layers” in the city.
The flood of various colors pervaded the street
built up a complex depth and intensity in the space.
These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo
were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of “shikiri”,
which means dividing (creating) space with colors.
Valuing the emotion inspired from Tokyo,
I want to show the beauty of colors to the fullest extent.
I also wish to share the feeling of being surrounded by overflowing colors
by exhibiting 100 colors, here in the middle of Tokyo.
Please come and find your favorite color."