CARPET 4 - Blue Mask
animated by Vishakha Vasu

FLYING CARPET (styrene sheets, spray paint, cotton, drum fans)
Filmed by Elis Xhafa

In thinking about an object that is relatable to both Eastern and Western cultures, I began considering Flying Carpet, also an object that expresses my fantasy about flying. The yearning for a flying carpet is an ancient human desire, and flying carpets are an integral part of stories in the Eastern World. They appear in ancient Jewish texts, the Arabian tale One Thousand and One Nights, and even in Disney’s Aladdin. The carpet hovers, held aloft by two drum fans. Eight vacuum-formed and spraypainted sculptures of shoes sit on top of the carpet, feet facing forward. The digitally collaged image on the carpet includes a Pretzel advertisement, a popular Western snack. The empty sneakers and boots offer a surrealist touch as some invisible, imagined group of people ride the flying carpet. Public transportation is a ubiquitous gathering space; Flying Carpet is a prototype of a communal vehicle that provides public transportation across cultures.

UNITED PEOPLE (Mic, Globes and The Dalmatian Dog)
Filmed by Anna Fabricius

UNITED PEOPLE (Globe with Flags)
Filmed by Anna Fabricius