Artist Spends Hundreds of Hours Drawing a Carpet


It has taken Jonathan Brechignac fifteen months and lot of patient to create the “Praying Carpet.” He drew it only with Bic pencils, and his goal is to place the carpet between two pieces of plexiglass on the floor.

Notes about the “Praying Carpet” (from official website; written by Johan Jeanson):

Made to fit the size of an actual Muslim prayer carpet, this piece is drawn only with black Bic pencils. Painstakingly detailed, it explores different ways and patterns to create a unique whole with only a simple tool. The inspiration comes from different types of art (French roman, traditional Japanese, native American and Mexican) and also military camouflage and animal patterns. Together they create a mix of civilizations and religions bringing forth a new meaning to them. Working on it for more than 15 months, Jonathan Bréchignac describes it as a fight with himself, inch by inch. Long periods of thinking and planning followed by trials to find the perfect patterns before even starting on it.

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