The Nomadic Labyrinth
Paz de la Calzada
Installation will be on view Sept. 6-18th
Join us Wednesday, September 11th from 6-8pm on the Gleeson Plaza for a special art installation by Paz de la Calzada celebrating peace & reflection, and an interfaith blessing by Fr John Coleman. (6:30pm)
(Gleeson Plaza is on the USF Campus, between St. Ignatius & USF library)
The Nomadic Labyrinth is an interactive public art project that consists of a large scale labyrinth 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 public and community members are invited to explore, walk or meditate in the labyrinth and experience art as a transformational 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 Calzada 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 the artist’s vision of creating art that is playfully 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.
Special Thanks to:
Fr John Coleman
SFAC Cultural Equity Grants
Conklin Bros, San Francisco
Flooring Solutions Inc, Livermore
and McRoskey Mattress (for providing the assembling studio for Paz)