This Architecture is All About Color

Let’s learn Japanese a bit, ok? しっかり (shikari) — this word means “dividing and creating space through colors.” This concept is the core idea of Emmanuelle Moureau’s art. This French woman is an architect and designer based in Tokyo who is trying to completely transform the meaning of color in terms of art. She plays with it, tests its abilities, and opens up its new opportunities where the color is used as a three-dimensional element that literally creates the space.

In 2018, Emmanuelle Moureau created an installation “Slices of Time” that was designed to embrace the passing of time at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan. Guess, what did she want people to feel when they see this rather strange and huge figure? Her aim was that people could TOUCH the color and not just observe its beautiful play of shades.

Thus, the viewers had the opportunity to figure out how simple paper and colors can reproduce the flow of time. The designer created a world where the essence of every shade of color was appreciated and noticed. “Chase the moment”, they say. Emmanuelle chased the now, the past, and the future with the layers of numbers that were hanging in weightlessness.

This spring, Emmanuelle Moureau created her first public sculpture called “mirai” (未来) which means “the future” in the Japanese language. And again, she creatively combined the flow of time with colors. The artists visualized the next 100 years — from 2020 to 2119 — in 100 different shades of color. 100! Can you imagine it? Yes, our color scale is pretty varied! We think that Emmanuelle did a great job by showing the infinity of time — the colorful future years are supported by the past years. She disseminated the idea of sculpture on her Instagram page and wrote that dreams overlap with years. Will we desire the same in the next few years? Will the world be the same in the next 100 years? Just smile and imagine…

French designer said in the interview for Frame that she sees art, architecture, and design as one big organism. Initially, Emmanuelle Moureau was inspired by Tokyo and its bright colors that made her heart sing. That’s how she started her absolutely new way of perception and reflection of the color as not the final touch but an element that creates space and gives it new fascinating dimensions.

Anna Andrukh

Anna Andrukh