Street Artist Hand Paints Ancient Ornamental “Carpets” on City Sidewalks

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Interested in tracing the “evolution of ornaments across the history of art,” French street artist Arthur-Louis Ignoré—known also as Ali—inventively incorporates ancient motifs into his graffiti. In a recent series called Carpet, Ali covers overlooked pavements in France and Finland with patterned painted “rugs.”

Ali uses white paint to handcraft his intricate “ephemeral frescoes,” allowing each piece to stand out against its concrete and tar surroundings. In addition to this bold color pairing, each work of art attracts the eye with its apparent ancient influences, which materialize as Hindu and Buddhist mandalas, the geometric forms found in Islamic architecture, and other ornamental details.

On top of offering eye-catching visual contrasts, Carpet serves a conceptual purpose. By placing these impermanent pieces in the streets of contemporary European cities, Ali aims to comment on the fluid nature and “cultural mixing” of these modern-day metropolises.

You can see more of Ali’s amazing, ancient-inspired installations on Behance.

French street artist Arthur-Louis Ignoré, or Ali, decorates modern-day sidewalks with intricately painted rugs.

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h/t: [Colossal]

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