This story was originally published in Architectural Lighting.
Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for her deft use of color. Her latest project, “Christmas Forest in 100 Colors,” celebrates the holiday season and is on display at Omotesando Hills, a shopping complex in central Tokyo through Dec. 25.
For this installation, the local scenery of Omotesando Hills inspired Moureaux. The installation is composed of 1,500 mini paper trees in 100 different colors, which are hung across the entire 13.4-meter-high (approx. 44-feet-high) space that features a 7-meter-long (23-feet-long) main stair. Each tree conceals a light source, and when illuminated becomes a lantern that emits a soft glowing light. Visitors are encouraged to view the piece from all levels.
Every 30 minutes a special light show, titled “Emotional Reflection,” plays, and the main tree in the artwork cycles through a series of colors from white, yellow, pink, green, blue and rainbow, with the smaller surrounding mini trees illuminating in a rhythmic sequence to the music specifically composed for the installation.
“Christmas Forest in 100 Colors” is on view through Dec. 25, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The three-minute light show plays throughout the day starting at 11:30a.m.
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