This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring.

The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its precise in its familiar pattern, yet enormously elaborate for its medium. Interesting how an installation that probably measures less than 3 millimeters in height can still take up such a large quantity of space, effectively rendering the air above it “off-limits.”

A single careless footstep could destroy hours of work– but if you’re itching to see this in person (like I am!) its currently on exhibition at the Smack Mellon space in Brooklyn, for their Brooklyn/Montreal contemporary art event. From Moreau’s website:

The “Sugar Carpet” is one of my most significant and ambitious projects to date. It is comprised of two tons of refined white sugar evenly spread, carpet-like, across the floor, and then transformed, through the application of floral motifs, into a Persian rug.

The pristine white expanse contrasts markedly with the industrial architecture of the site in which it lies. The highly fragile surface is vulnerable to visitors’ movements, requiring a consensus from the group in order to keep it intact.

A tension is created between the fascination one experiences due to the materiality and sheer scale of the work, and the physical distance it imposes.

I love that Moreau makes the space conform to the piece by working around concrete pillars and steel beams. I want to watch this exhibition get taken down at the end, as the patterns are destroyed! [Via Beautiful Decay.]

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