Forest of Numbers is the brainchild of Tokyo-based architect and artist, Emannuelle Moureaux. Her largest installation to date was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tokyo’s National Art Center (NACT), spanning 2000 square meters and utilising “100 colours”. This is the first time that the National Art Center has used the White Cube exhibition room without any partition walls.
The installation itself symbolises the next 10 years for NACT – the decade spanning between 2017 to 2026. More than 60,000 number figures ranging from zero to nine were aligned within a 3-D grid and suspended from above. A pathway was been purposefully created, cutting through the installation and allowing visitors to take a walk through the cascade of numerals.
As part of Moureaux’s 100 colors installation series, Forest of Numbers utilises 100 shades of colours across 10 layers of numbers. The walls that encapsulate the installation space feature a compilation of exhibition posters to commemorate the last 10 years, which are contrasted with white number cut outs on the opposite wall to symbolise the next 10 years to come.
Forest of Numbers was a true labour of love, created as a colourful celebration of the National Art Center’s anniversary and brought to life with the help of 300 volunteers. Moureaux’s playful installation creates joy from paper and thread, attracting over 20,000 visitors within the first ten days of its NATC debut.