The Plastic Rug

  • Date : 2013
  • Artist : Adam Brent

54″h, 54″w, 5/8″d

PLA plastic

The Plastic Rug was tiled together out of over 350 individual 3D printed components. Each component was carefully drawn in a cad application with male and female fittings on both ends so that one component can snap to the next. The Plastic Rug took roughly six months to design and assemble.
The Plastic Rug is part of the exhibition Thread that consisted of three major works of the same size and shape. Along with accompanying thematically linked sculptures, three versions of this braided rug were exhibited together in continuing an interest in domestic situations and iconography. Three methods were applied for this exhibition. The first was traditional hand braiding and sewing, the second was 3D printing for plastic components, and the last was hand carving. The latter as hand carved by the artist’s father, Michael Brent. At roughly 54 inches in diameter, each rug followed the same pattern.
The collaboration with Michael Brent sat at the heart of the exhibition. The resulting carved rug mirrors the choice to print the same rug out of plastic. Both are non-practical iterations of the original braided satin rug. The choice to both carve and print these delicate versions is as much about skill as it is about exhibiting the labor associated with maintaining the bonds that tie families together.

The Plastic Rug

54″h, 54″w, 5/8″d PLA plastic The Plastic Rug was tiled together out of over 350 individual 3D printed components. Each component was carefully drawn in a cad application with male and female fittings on both ends so that one component can snap to the next. The Plastic Rug took roughly six months to design and [...]

  • 2013
  • Adam Brent