Virtual Carpets: Mesmerizing Spectacle of Sound and Lights

Magic Carpets is an elaborate installation by Miguel Chevalier in which the French artist transformed a former church space into a mesmerizing spectacle of sound and lights. He used digital technology to project a variety of multicolored light patterns and mosaics, inspired by Islamic art, across the floor.

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As viewers walked throughout the space, the interactive designs adjusted and changed in unpredictable movements to create a direct dialogue between individuals and the surrounding space.

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The French Institute of Morocco invited Chevalier to create the interactive installation within the nave of the Sacré Coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco—formerly a church but now home to many fairs and exhibitions.

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The virtual carpets featured a continuous flow of saturated colors, first in swirls of hypnotizing color underfoot and then morphing into mesmerizing square, almost pixelated, rows. In addition to the light show, visitors found themselves consumed by the echoing sounds of music by Michel Redolfi.

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