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Rainbow Tunnel Made of 120,000 Paper Numbers Visualizes the Passage of Time

Color of Time Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Tokyo-based architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for creating multi-sensory installation art using bright colors as three-dimensional elements. For her latest project, as part of an ongoing 100 Colors series, Moureaux created her largest rainbow-hued art installation to date. Most recently on show at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan, the Color of Time installation comprises 120,000 number-shaped paper cut-outs that fill the entire room, and “float” in a three-dimensional, grid-like structure composed of 100 layers.

Visitors are able to walk through the rows of floor-to-ceiling colored paper numbers that range from 0 to 9. Each row of numbers denotes a time of day, from sunrise at 6:30 a.m. to sunset at 7:49 p.m. As the viewer advances, the cut-outs gradually change in color from vibrant rainbow hues to darker shades, and eventually black, visualizing the passing of time from day into night. “Through the tunnel, the sky is tinted with a beautiful gradation changing from pale to deep colors, flowing from time to time,” the museum explains. The sensory exhibition “makes one feel the subtle changes in [the] atmosphere through the whole body by traveling the colorful flow of time.”

The installation closed on January 8, 2018 in Toyama; however, Moureaux is planning to exhibit 100 Colors in different cities around the world. Keep an eye on her Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the artist’s colorful world.

The Color of Time installation by Tokyo-based artist Emmanuelle Moureaux comprises 120,000 rainbow-colored paper number cut-outs.

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The floor-to-ceiling, three-dimensional grid-like structure visualizes the passing of time.

Color of Time Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle MoureauxColor of Time Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle MoureauxColor of Time Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Each row of numbers denotes a time of day and gradually changes color from vibrant rainbow hues, to darker shades, representing the transition from day to night.

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All images via Emmanuelle Moureaux.

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