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Emmanuelle Moureaux’s Colorful Washi Tape Installation Transforms Japanese Shopping Street

100 Colors no.42 Installation, Dogo Onsen, JP / Emmanuelle Moureaux

Artist Emmanuelle Moureaux has contributed to the vibrant DOGO ART 2023 festival by creating a captivating art installation that stretches along the 150-meter-long shopping street at DOGO ONSEN, Japan’s oldest hot spring. As part of the festival, this installation adds vibrant colors and energy to the spring, showcasing the artist’s unique 100-shade palette. The bustling shopping strip is transformed into a lively and colorful passage, connecting to the renowned Dogo Onsen Main Building.

100 Colors no.42 Installation, Dogo Onsen, JP / Emmanuelle Moureaux

At the entrance of the Dogo Shopping Street, a captivating sight awaits visitors—a floating structure composed of 100 vibrant colors, skillfully crafted by Emmanuelle Moureaux. This three-meter cube, made entirely of traditional Japanese Washi paper, showcases the artist’s unique palette of 100 shades.

100 Colors no.42 Installation, Dogo Onsen, JP / Emmanuelle Moureaux

Each strip of Washi paper, measuring a mere 15 millimeters in width, is meticulously arranged alongside its counterparts, resulting in a mesmerizing ensemble that gracefully sways with the wind. This entrance serves as a gateway, encapsulating the essence of 100 colors and inviting individuals into a world of wonder.

100 Colors no.42 Installation, Dogo Onsen, JP / Emmanuelle Moureaux

As one steps further into the Arcade, the ceiling unveils yet another spectacle—a multitude of floating colored strips. These strips, comprising 20,280 thin lines of masking tape, are formed through repetitive layering, creating a curtain of colors that immerses visitors in a truly captivating experience.

100 Colors no.42 Installation, Dogo Onsen, JP / Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux employs the same masking tape used for the floating entrance volume, ensuring a seamless transition between the two sections. Each strip measures 15 millimeters in width and extends approximately 2 meters in length. The journey commences with a layer of pristine white, gradually transforming as subsequent layers are added.

100 Colors no.42 Installation, Dogo Onsen, JP / Emmanuelle Moureaux

In total, 101 layers span the entire 150-meter-long Dogo shopping street. These colors not only capture the illumination from the arcade ceiling but also respond to the gentle sway of the breeze. Emmanuelle Moureaux’s artwork, 100 colors no.42, exhibits a dynamic expression that evolves with the passage of time, the weather, and the day itself.

Image courtesy of Daisuke Shima