"120 km" is a carpet, named after the 120 km-journey of the emperor penguin. Meticulously designed, the carpet's unique form invites viewers to let their eyes roam over the carpet, where each angle of observation offers a new view of the road, rendering a different picture of the entire journey.
When we go on a journey, we are always far away from home and close to ourselves. The story of the penguin's journey is open to personal interpretation. The more we look at this amazing journey, the more we understand that you can never see the whole picture. We live in perpetual movement. This project presents an opportunity to take a moment and contemplate the movement in our lives. To what extent are we together, or alone, in our personal - and common – journey?
The carpet is made of felt and comprises more than 500 laser-cut slices. It is 120 cm wide, 150 cm long, and 8 cm high. There are 15 holes in each slice. Some 8,000 holes were woven together in this project alone. Each slice was designed to produce a composition that conveys continuity and enables the clear distinction between the penguins.
The mountains, plains, and outlines of Antarctica as seen in aerial photographs were a source of inspiration for this work. This project makes no claim to set boundaries to the journey; only to provide a different viewpoint of it. It is an attempt to outline the penguins' dominating urge to migrate and the personal story of each one of us.