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You can ‘paint’ this digital floor with your footsteps



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Posted on Mar 21, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 6:23 am CDT


You normally wouldn’t see an avant garde work of art placed on the floor in a very prestigious gallery and even if you did, you wouldn’t be able to touch it—let alone, be allowed inches near it.

Though, on some rare occasions, your presence is needed to complete the work of art so you can help push its creative limits. Miguel Chevalier‘s digital arabesques in Morocco, for instance, allows you and anyone to step on the installation.

Inspired by Moroccan culture, Chevalier created this humongous, shapeshifting digital floor that interacts and adapts with gallery visitors’ foot movements. Individuals become artist themselves, “painting” geometric patterns with their feet as they walk across the sensor-controlled carpet.

Infrared sensors detect disturbances created by individuals stepping on the digital floor. 

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Gallery visitors can create endless geometric patterns with their feet.

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Who knew taking a simple stroll can be this beautiful?

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You can find more information about Miguel Chevalier’s interactive digital installations on his website, here.

Can’t get enough of these incredible floor illusions? Then, you’ll love these trippy, real life magic carpets.

H/T designboom | Screengrab via Claude Mossessian/Vimeo

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*First Published: Mar 21, 2015, 10:30 am CDT