THE NOMADIC LABYRINTH
Carpet, velcro, table and shoe rack
34' x 36'
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 art 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 project launches from Saint Ignatius Church at University of San Francisco in september of 2013 and it will travel through the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014, including places like the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, MACLA in San Jose and YBCA in San Francisco. A series of events are scheduled to engage with the audience and local communities, like meditations, walks or talks.