1. Xu Bing’s (徐冰) Magic Carpet (2006) is a massive 26 x 26 foot handwoven wool prayer carpet created for Buddhist devotees at the Kwan-Im Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in Singapore. It is filled with passages from four religious texts (Buddhist, Gnostic, Jewish, Marxist) transcribed as Square Word Calligraphy, and is based in part on the concept of the Xuanji Tu which was an embroidered brocade word puzzle created by Lady Su Hui during the Former Qin period (351-394 AD). The original Xuanji Tu was a a square composed of 841 Chinese characters which reveals nearly 4000 distinct poems when read in different directions. 

    Sources: Xu Bing, flickr


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