Blue Carpet


This is not the carpet at home; this is the “carpet” of the pavement of the street. The Blue Carpet is a piece of public art as well as urban design in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The Blue Carpet occupies a public open space in front of the Laing Art Gallery, close to the main shopping and nightclub areas.

The material of the Blue Carpet is blue paving slabs, made by mixing crushed blue glass with resin. The slabs curve upwards to create the sense of a fabric where the carpet reaches a building. The design philosophy is that the deliberately ill-fitting paving is like the owner of the house with poor floorboards has brought an exotic rug and thrown it down to distract attention from what lies beneath.

The peeling bench is another feature of the carpet.

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