Designed in collaboration with British illustrator Matthew Gaffen, Concrete Rug applies the symmetry and recurring motifs of traditional Oriental rug design to an unexpected material. Precisely cut through its 5cm depth, Concrete Rug is assembled much like a jigsaw from 238 individual pieces of paving slab.
Through process and pattern this humble, everyday material is transformed; subtle variations in texture and pigmentation across the surface begin to lend the concrete textile-like qualities. Situated inside or out, embedded within or laid on top of an existing floor, Concrete Rug offers multiple installation possibilites. Supplied with the option of a gently tapering solid ash or steel frame, each piece of concrete is held in formation and no rough edges are left exposed.
Available in either ash wood or waxed steel the dimensions of the frame are w112 x l192 x d6 cm. Installing Concrete Rug within an existing floor surface requires no frame.
Concrete Rug is designed to be walked upon.
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Developed from a series of large-scale outdoor sculptures, Concrete Rug represents a crystallization of Alex Chinneck’s investigations into concrete and the boundaries of its material capabilities. As with other key works within the artist’s practice, the material is the subject, and Chinneck coaxes quite remarkable things from the overlooked, almost invisible ‘stuff’ of our built environment. Here, the universally ignored council paving slab is imbued with colour, texture and pattern, charm beauty and warmth. Chinneck’s expansive practice continues to blur distinctions between creative genres through collaborations with a number of specialist organsiations and individuals.
Alex Chinneck (*1984, UK) studied at Chelsea College of Art, London. He lives and works in London.