Hongxing Road is one of the premier shopping streets in Chengdu, capitol of China’s southwestern Sichuan province and home to over 14 million people. It’s also a pedestrian-only thoroughfare – a good thing considering a local art collective commandeered the street one day for a little sweet street art!
Did we say “little”? Well, all things may be relative but there’s no disputing the stats: the brilliantly colored mosaic that rather suddenly appeared on Hongxing Road measured 180 meters (590.5 feet) long and 7 meters (about 23 feet) wide by the time it was completed. Add in the long line of metal crowd-control barriers set up along the mosaic’s length and you’ve got one mighty magic carpet… except unlike most other kinds of carpets, this one wasn’t designed to be stepped upon.