Wun Ting Wendy Tai
Interactive installation. Carpet. 12' x 23'
A 12' x 23' carpet was installed in the lobby of The Gateway, a student residential hall located on the campus of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
There was enough pile to the carpet that allowed viewers to leave their mark in it; these marks were just as easily erased as they were made. The piece ended up being the softest (and hence most approachable) object in the hard-edged modernist building. The welcoming nature of the carpet seduced and encouraged passer-bys to interact with the material.
Due to the heavy flow of traffic going through the lobby each day, Pile became a constantly evolving platform of expression for the residents and the wider MICA community.