The Nomadic Labyrinth
The Nomadic Labyrinth is an installation and public-interactive-based project that consists of a large scale labyrinth-like sculpture of precisely cut carpet. This will be an ongoing project with a series of installations that not only explore the integration of drawing and architecture, but serve as a walkable path for the public to explore as an urban meditation. The carpet pathway will be presented as an installation on the floor of a street, gallery, or alternative space. The public and community members will be invited to explore, walk or meditate in the labyrinth and experience art as a transformative tool.
Inspired in an Arabic floral pattern, the carpets used in this design have been collected from several recycling companies in the Bay Area and they represent decorative classic western patterns. For the design of this labyrinth I was interested in the juxtaposition of two different cultural patterns – creating a movable, meditative environment where carpet from archetypical western places like the Ritz Carlton meet an inventive Arabesque.
The Nomadic Labyrinth reflects my vision of creating art that is playful and in dialogue with urban space, and it takes this work one step further by exploring the relationship between art and spirituality, daily life and ritual.
The project launched from Saint Ignatius Church at University of San Francisco in september of 2013 and it travelled through the San Francisco Bay Area through 2014, including places like the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, YBCA and the De Young in San Francisco.
Images of the process of transferring the pattern
Kalmanovitz Hall Atrium and Rooftop Sculpture Terrace
University of San Francisco
February 5-March 25, 2018
Saint Ignatius Church, USF
September 6th - 18th, 2013
Opening Reception, Meditation and Blessing:
Wednesday September 11th, 2013 6 - 8 pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
May 16th - June 1st
3rd Fridays Festival:
Friday May 16th, 2014, 4 - 8pm
3rd Fridays Festivals connects diverse local organizations, artist and visitors around a specific theme in Santa Cruz Arts and Culture.
Learn more here
701 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Solstice Celebration and Labyrinth Walk
Thursday June 19th, 2014, 4 - 9pm
Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. YBCA's Grand Lobby and Front Door Gallery will come alive during ConVerge events with social art, live music and inspiring curated performances, as well as drinks prepared by YBCA mixologists.
Learn about Converge here
Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Friday Nights at the de Young: What Tethers Us?
October 17, 2014 - 6:00pm
What Tethers Us? is a visual and performative love letter to the late Monica Maduro, former Board member of the Fine Arts Museums, that celebrates the creative spirit and the San Francisco artist community.
Montalvo Arts Center
5 Hour Sculpture
July 22, 2016, 4 -10 pm
5 Hour Sculpture is an event that features art works that represent the expanded field of contemporary sculpture, ranging from temporary installations, interventions, gestures, actions, participatory engagements, spectacular intrusions, and performances.
Art Night SF
UN Plaza, San Francisco, CA
September 30, 2016, 4 - 9pm
Art Night SF is an outdoor event series working to activate the public spaces of UN Plaza and Mid-Market through accessible installations of contemporary art.
Project funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission
Cultural Equity Grants, 2013
Special thanks to:
Holly and Rick from Flooring Solutions
Mike from Conklin Brothers for their carpet donations
And McRoskey Mattress for letting me use their space to assemble the labyrinth.
Michael Rauner Photography