Eyes on the floor

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In years to come we may not look at art on the walls of art galleries, museums and other grand buildings but at the artistic display on the floor. Increasingly the floor is the focal point of abstract works of art using a variety of objects, shapes and textures to inspire and awe.

Artists and designers are finding that everyday objects – if used in a slightly different way can create amazing new pieces of art.  While carpet tiles have long been integral to commercial fit outs, most designers never considered them potential works of art.  But perceptions have changed and designers are recognising that not only do carpet tiles define large spaces, create welcoming environments and add a splash of colour they can make interior spaces come alive.  The variety of colours, patterns and styles make carpet tiles an invaluable artistic tool for interior designers and architects.

Floral Carpets

Every year in Brussels, Belgium, the humble begonia is used to create a massive floral carpet at the Grand-Palace.

Created annually since 1971 by landscape architect E. Stautemans, the flowers are used to create a sophisticated carpet in a complicated pattern in an array of stunning colours.  Begonias were originally chosen for the carpet because of the flower’s long life, robustness and rich range of colours.

The large carpet measures 77 x 24 metres

While E Stautemans has created floral carpets in a number of cities around the world (Paris, London, Vienna, Columbus, Ohio and Buenos Aires) he openly says that, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”.

Recycled Stuffed Animal Skins

Born in Argentina, artist Agustina Woodgate, specialises in the creation of art that fosters exchange between people. Agustina has developed a unique series of rugs that are made from recycled stuffed animal skins.  The rugs are hand sewn and designed and not only reference the personal histories of the toy’s owner but investigate the rug as a way to organise and display memories.

In putting the collection of rugs together, Agustina was drawn to the specific meanings in the arrangement of the rug design, and how the rug can represent stories of the past.

Magic Carpet

US-based, Iranian artist, Seyed Alavi, specialises in the creation of large and small projects in non-traditional settings. With his unique perspective, Seyed transformed a pedestrian bridge connecting the Sacramento International Airport terminal to the parking garage when he had an aerial view of the Sacremento River woven into the carpet. Using a digital imaging process, Sayed was able to transform an otherwise pedestrian space (no pun intended!) into a magic carpet.

Sources: flowercarpet.be, gizmag.com , agustinawoodgate.com


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