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Japan Auditorium Gets 1,000-Color Makeover

Friday, October 11, 2019

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An auditorium in Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, has gotten a pop of color.

Actually, it’s gotten 1,000 pops of color.

Photos: Emmanuelle Moureaux

In December 2017, Moureaux revealed her “1,000 Colors Recipe” for the Imabari Color Show, which pays homage to the city’s reputation of as a leader in dyes, partially because of its good water.

As a nod to artist Emmanuelle Moureaux’s “1,000 Colors Recipe” installation, which came to life last year, the Kenzo Tange-designed Imabari City Auditorium received its own installation as its seats were dyed with the different shades.

The Original Recipe

In December 2017, Moureaux revealed her “1,000 Colors Recipe” for the Imabari Color Show, which pays homage to the city’s reputation of as a leader in dyes, partially because of its good water.

Moureaux used her own 1,000-color palette specially created for the installation.

“It is a visualization of the delicate and accurate ‘recipes’ required for dyeing,” Moureaux’s website explains.

The elements that make up the recipe are the percentage of three principles of color, including blue, red and yellow; temperature; time, including minutes and seconds; and values composed of numerical figures zero through nine.

As a nod to artist Emmanuelle Moureaux’s “1,000 Colors Recipe” installation, which came to life last year, the Kenzo Tange-designed Imabari City Auditorium received its own installation as its seats were dyed with the different shades.

“By precisely managing all of these elements, colors delicately different to each other are created. These 17 types of symbols that make up the recipe were dyed in 1,000 different colors, and they were cut out in the shape of symbols, connected with thread and then suspended at the center of the atrium of the Spiral Garden (Spiral, Tokyo).”

The Wave

More recently, earlier this year, the 1,000 colors made their way to the fabric of the 1,002 seats in the Imabari auditorium.

“Even though the same water, formula and environment are utilized during the dyeing process, the slightest change in weather and/or temperature can completely disrupt the result of the pigmentation,” according to the website.

“However, in the skilled hands of the craftsmen of Imabari, the dye process is so precise, 1,000 unique colors of fabrics are possible.”

   

Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Asia Pacific; Color; Color + Design; Color + Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Pigments; Z-Continents

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