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Prince street / White Giant sample


Limited edition weave / 1 of 2.
Material: Lambs Wool (mid grey and charcoal grey)
Size: 520 x 310 mm
Discription: Double sided lambs wool wall hanging (comes with grey poster hangers as seen in photo)

Developed as part of an ongoing study of concrete car parks in the UK, ‘Prince street, White Giant’ is a Jacquard weave referencing the pre-cast concrete pattern of the exterior of Prince Street car park, in Bristol.

The name 'White Giant' is taken from the traditional, very distinctive type of large, white-ground pile carpet woven by Berber tribes. The Berber women of the Atlas and Rif Mountains of Morocco produce these amazing rugs. Their graphic patterns highlight the relationship between form and nothingness as the repeated designs gradually disappear and unravel into nothing.

Architects Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen all used these rugs regularly within the interiors of their buildings. The rugs have an unusual combination of minimalism and handmade detail, and restraint and inventiveness that compliments the design aesthetics of these Modernist architects.

The interplay in the designs of something and nothing, of foreground and background, is further referenced in the names of the tribes and the places of the regions where the rugs are produced. For example, the name of one tribe translates as "people from between somewhere and nowhere". This immediately connected with my notion of the multi-story car park, of being somewhere and nowhere, of being a place and at the same time a non-place. Unlike a place, that acts as a final destination, the multi-story car park functions to provide a transitionary, in between moment between places.

The repetition and unravelling of the weave enhances the formal ideas of place and non-place as well as the slow decay of the building and the inevitable demolition of this car park.

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Due to the nature of weave there will be slight imperfections.
Wall hangings will be wrapped and rolled into poster tubes.
Supplied with poster hanging and sent by Royal Mail.