This Insanely Instagrammable Free Art Installation Is Open In London

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Slices of Time

Head to Greenwich for a spectacular explosion of colour at ‘Slices of Time’.

Greenwich’s NOW Gallery is currently playing host to French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux’s first large-scale installation in the UK. And it’s entirely free to visit – at least until it departs town on September 27!

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Inspired by the layers and colours of Tokyo—where she’s lived since 1996—Moureaux invented the concept of shikiri, which means ‘dividing space with colour’. This installation, titled Slices of Time, is the perfect example of shikiri in practice; featuring a mesmerising rainbow of hanging numbers.


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Drawing on the gallery‘s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to the Meridian, the piece beautifully represents the flow of time. The layers of numbers illustrate the past, present and future: precious, fleeting moments, or slices of time.

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As well as admiring the awe-inspiring art, visitors are invited to take the time to remember special moments in their life, by writing a significant date in coloured pen and displaying it along a coloured timeline on the gallery’s wall.

NOW Gallery’s curator Jemima Burrill says of the exhibition: “The measured detail, and calm considered order of Moureaux’s work seemed the perfect respite from the political bedlam we are experiencing. This exhibition will include everyone, giving them the opportunity to have a moment to enjoy colour and form in all its simplicity and complexity. Both elements will work together to surprise and saturate, providing a moment to think about a date of significance within colourful order. A contemplative moment for all.”

Moureaux’s hugely aesthetic installations have been all over the world—from Paris to Tokyo—but it’s London’s turn to hijack everyone’s Instagram feeds. Pop down to Greenwich by September 27 to see it!

Also published on Medium.