MAASTRICHT 12.9.2017


Studio Ossidiana presents an installation of concrete elements as an interpretation of the Persian Carpet in the gardens of Marres House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht.
Designed and produced by Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix, ‘Petrified Carpets’ is a collection of concrete architectural objects inspired by the ideal garden found in Persian carpets.

The carpet is interpreted as a planimetric representation of a garden. Its motifs of the frame, the central medallion and the grid – represents various architectural elements found in Persian gardens such as the surrounding wall, the central fountain, the kiosk, and the doorways to the garden.

Experimenting with different techniques of casting, coloring, and texturing concrete, Studio Ossidiana has translated these elements into tactile concrete forms exposing the lively and bright character of a material that has, in the building industries, progressively lost its expressive potential. The project combines pigments, stones, sand and cement in different ratios in each object, making reference to the contours, tones, and shades of gardens. At Marres the concrete pieces are placed in dialogue with the exhisting garden’s hedges, openings, clearings and steps creating new relations and views.

Studio Ossidiana is a practice based in Rotterdam and Milan that works at the crossroads between architecture, design and art led by Alessandra Covini. Studio Ossidiana explores architecture through material investigations, focusing on the translation of theoretical concepts into spaces, surfaces and objects. It was found by Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix after having received their masters in Architecture at the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands in 2015.

30.08 - 26.11.2017 - Marres
Capucijnenstraat 98
6211 RT Maastricht​​ ​

Participating artists: Lida Abdul, Semâ Bekirovic, Rossella Biscotti, Marinus Boezem, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Leyla Cárdenas, Ruben Castro, Imran Channa, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Daniel Knorr, Jeroen Kooijmans, Irene Kopelman, Giuseppe Licari, Chaim van Luit, Mark Manders, Raewyn Martyn, Alice Miceli, RAAAF, Stéphanie Saadé, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Oscar Santillan, Daniel Silver, Studio Ossidiana, Marjan Teeuwen, Leonid Tsvetkov, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Roy Villevoye & Jan Dietvorst, Joey Bryniarska & Martin Westwood, Matthew C. Wilson