Babak Golkar

Babak Golkar makes architectural designs out of carpet patterns.

What does a rug look like in three dimensions?

One answer: the work of Vanouver-based artist Babak Golkar. In a series of pieces over the past few years, Golkar, who was raised in Tehran, has been using the intricate designs of Persian rugs as blueprints for skyscrapers.

While painting over one such carpet in 2008, Golkar tells me in an email, "I started imagining the patterns as three-dimensional forms. Because of the intense color contrast of the dyes used in nomadic Persian carpets, the shapes began to vibrate if looked at for a long period of time."

Golkar had been playing around with architectural modeling software, and began to envision buildings traced from those shapes, which he then constructed out of acrylic sheets, wood, and white paint with help from Vancouver modeling firm B+B Scale Model.

He's since created a series of similar pieces, the largest of which, the site-specific installation "Grounds for Standing and Understanding" (pictured here), was built at the Charles H. Scott gallery in Vancouver last year.

All images courtesy of Babak Golkar.

HT: DesignBoom.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. photo: San Diego's Trolley
    Transportation

    Out of Darkness, Light Rail!

    In an era of austere federal funding for urban public transportation, light rail seemed to make sense. Did the little trains of the 1980s pull their own weight?

  2. A photo of a police officer in El Paso, Texas.
    Equity

    What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings

    Two new studies have revived the long-running debate over how police respond to white criminal suspects versus African Americans.

  3. Design

    Why Amsterdam’s Canal Houses Have Endured for 300 Years

    A different kind of wealth distribution in 17th-century Amsterdam paved the way for its quintessential home design.

  4. photo: subway in NYC
    Transportation

    Inside Bloomberg's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

    Drawing on his time as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg proposes handing power and money to urban leaders as part of his Democratic presidential bid.

  5. Transportation

    Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don't Blame Cars.)

    Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.

×