Flying Carpet

Iranian artist Seyed Alavi has installed this totally amazing mural of an aerial view of the Sacramento River woven into the carpet of a skybridge in the Sacramento International Airport

Fling Carpet

To quote…

This project consists of an aerial view of the Sacramento River that is woven into a carpet for the floor of a pedestrian bridge connecting the terminal to the parking garage. This image represents approximately 50 miles of the Sacramento River starting just outside of Colusa, California and ending about 6 miles south of Chico.

In addition to recalling the experience of flight and flying, this piece, by depicting the larger geographical area, also helps to reinforce a sense of belonging and/or connection for the traveler. In this way, the carpet can also be read and experienced as a “welcome mat” for visitors arriving in Sacramento. The siting of this piece on a bridge also helps to highlight a few other conceptual aspects of the work. A bridge is a connection between two destinations; it is not a destination in and of itself; it is neither here, nor there. In this way it is similar to an airplane, or a river connecting one place to another; here to there; a moment of flight frozen in mid air; a flowing river that takes us along with its current to another destination. In this way, the piece also creates a koanic relationship between a river and a bridge, since their ordinary position have been turned around, and it is now the river that is on/above the bridge.

I just find this an amazing piece of work, I would love for there to be a webcam at the end of the skybridge so that we could watch peoples reactions. That way we could have puclic art and performance art all in one place.

Some of the other work shown on his website is great.

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