Images courtesy of Numen/For Use
Croatian collective Numen/For Use latest project is a paradigm shifting "floating" field designed to explore the boundaries of inhabitable space. Created for Zagreb's D-Day festival this past June, the 'Field Zagreb' is a grass-on-cloth carpet that transforms the interior of old unused slaughterhouse. The "pulsating piece of textile" appears whimsically anchored half-way up either side of the space's containing walls, without bracing or suspension cables to support it.
Reminiscent of a flying carpet, the undulating sheet of green proves impossibly sturdy, allowing visitors to lounge on its surface. According to the architects, the project represents "two paradoxical paradigms, one of earth as immobile mass of infinite weight and other as earth like a plain, two dimensional surface." The blanket of vegetation that sprouts atop the surface eventually withers and dies, thus completing a irrigation cycle of sorts wherein the designer casts himself in the role of urban farmer.