168,000 Suspended Rainbow-Colored Numbers Visualize “Slices of Time”

Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Color and texture collide in the long trails of suspended number-forms created by designer and architect Emmanuelle Moureaux. Known for her dazzling large-scale installations, her latest work called Slices of Time made its February debut at the NOW Gallery in London. It is an extension of Moureaux’s 100 Colors series, and her latest piece utilizes the titular number of hues in addition to white. The seemingly endless array of forms, comprising 168,000 separate pieces in total, are arranged in a circular formation to represent the earth—as if it were floating in the exhibition space.

In addition to the stimulating visual element, there is also an interactive component to Slices of Time. Visitors are given the opportunity to not only marvel at Moureaux’s dangling layers of abstracted forms, but they can take a moment to recall a date that is significant to them. Once they have it, they can write the date on a round piece paper in a colored pen. It is then placed on the gallery window along with dates from other viewers to create a “kaleidoscope of color” and supplement Moureaux's massive work.

Slices of Time is scheduled to be on view until April 19, 2020 (although the NOW Gallery is temporarily closed due to COVID-19).

Emmanuelle Moureaux's rainbow installation Slices of Time features 168,000 numbers suspended in the NOW Gallery in London.

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Contemporary Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Contemporary Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Contemporary Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Paper Art Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photo: Charles Emerson

Take a video tour of Slices of Time in the video below:

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Emmanuelle Moureaux.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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