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Magic Carpet

 

 

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ARTIST:  Rosario Ma​​​​​qua​rt & Roberto Behar (R & R Studios), Miami Beach, Fl.
DATE:  2007
LOCATI​ON:  C​​amelback Road between 24th & 26th Streets
TYPE:  Pedestrian Underpass
MATERIALS:  Terrazzo​
BUDGET:  $316,717
DISTRICT:  6
ZIP CODE:  85016


The underpass was conceived as a safe link for pedestrians crossing between the Bil​tmore Fashion Park and the Esplanade along Camelback Road.  The artists, selected through a competitive process, have transformed a utilitarian pedestrian underpass crossing into an inviting, safe, and memorable experience.   The intent is also to provide a meaningful space and a community asset.

Focusing on the floor of the underpass, the artists designed a floral “carpet” out of exterior-grade terrazzo flooring.  The welcoming carpet brings the indoors outside and the design itself celebrates the magnificent colors of Arizona desert flowers with accents of butterflies.  The familiarity of a carpet brings memories of home to the public realm, reaffirming a sense of belonging and community. T​​​he carpet is composed of thirteen different colors and extends into the south plaza.  There are 166 butterflies that form a distinctive pattern.  The work makes the experience of crossing entirely inviting, appealing, and unique.  The carpet is both a beautiful design using elegant materials and introduces a sense of fantasy and wit to everyday life.