Emmanuelle Moureaux Honors the Bulgari Serpenti With “100 Colors”
Tokyo-based French architect, artist, and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for her 100 Colors installations that take visitors on a sensorial visual journey. After her first project in 2013, Moureaux went on to design 49 more iterations for the series (including The National Art Center in Tokyo), with her latest installation created for Italian luxury brand Bulgari. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of its iconic symbol, the Serpenti, Bulgari collaborated with contemporary artists from around the world to commemorate the occasion. Moureaux is one of the artists selected for the Tokyo collaborations.
For her 50th installation of 100 Colors, Moureaux created an immersive space that explores the concept of infinite colors, a nod to the Serpenti and a symbol of eternity. Visitors walk through a long and narrow path where 100 cascading hues seemingly continue on forever.
The installation is made of 347,100 Roman numerals printed on 100 large transparent acrylic panels that are spaced approximately 16 centimeters apart from one another. The first layer starts with the Roman numeral I and increases with the additional symbols of V, X, L, and C, as visitors make their way through the space. As the colors visually gradate, so do the numbers. With each step, the expression of the design changes to evoke the awestruck wonder of an infinite journey, one that reflects Bulgari’s future in the years to come.
Photography by Daisuke Shima.