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Color Mixing by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Daisuke Shima

NSK Ltd. has celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special exhibition, “Sense of Motion”, hosted inside the commercial shopping mall of Omotesando Spiral in Tokyo. In order to convey the technology of NSK simply and beautifully, Emmanuelle Moureaux has presented a magnificent installation with the theme of “Color Mixing” to show the movement of colors using bearings.

Along the form of the spiral slope symbolizes the Spiral Garden, the flower motifs in 100 shades of colors has saturated the space of about 6 m in height. In the middle of the installation, circular empty space allows visitors to be surrounded by colors and immerse themselves in the colorful world.


The installation consists of 25200 flower motifs aligned in regular three dimensional grids. The flower motifs are attached to the vertical axes, which rotate by the NSK bearings and the windmills installed at the top that receive wind from the circulators run randomly by programming. The petals of flower motifs are composed of several colors, that produce new colors as they turn. From the slope, the layer of colors gradually changes, to let visitors to enjoy the installation with various gazes.


The same flower motifs spread like a garden as a scenographic element of the venue, to accentuate the sense of unity throughout the whole exhibition. By using bearings also for the axes of the flowers, visitors can extend their hands and turn the stalk to feel the spinning of the bearings through color mixing. Each one is a small and simple movement. When condensing the simple movements in a single space and overlap with colors, it becomes a mind-blowing installation that releases large energy.

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all images © Daisuke Shima