Moureaux started 100 colors in 2013 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of her studio in Tokyo. The bright, overlapping lights, shapes, and layers of the city inspired Moureaux to use colors to create spaces. Moureaux wants to show how color can fill a space instead of just being used as a highlight or accent.
For the works in the series, Moureaux uses thousands of small paper cutouts of people, flowers that spin like pinwheels, or even simple strips of paper or fabric. She’s completed 18 different installations so far and plans to create a total of 100 installations in cities around the world over the next few years.
Each installation requires careful planning. Moureaux needs to make sure all the pieces line up, are neatly sorted by color, and properly fill the space. Everything—from the time it takes to make a single piece of an installation to how many pieces will be needed in total—is calculated in advance. For example, it took 300 volunteers 10 days to install Forest of Numbers.
That hard work pays off in the end. “Designing with 100 colors makes me happy,” Moureaux says. “I hope 100 colors makes other people happy too.”