Craig Redman and Karl Maier, better known as the collaborative duo Craig & Karl, have created a new installation inspired by the centuries-old Guatemalan custom of "sawdust carpets."

The installation, titled "Optimystic," is being hosted in Guatemala City at Showcase ITCH, an annual festival that brings together both local and international artists. Traditionally, the sawdust carpets are laid on city streets to mark pathways for ceremonial processions and rituals.

“Locally, the sawdust carpets are expressions of faith and community created in a celebratory atmosphere," Craig and Karl said in a press release. "In creating one, our aim was to adopt and extend these basic precepts, introducing our viewpoint and taking it somewhere new that felt relevant to our lives, without wholly severing a connection to their traditional role within Guatemalan culture."

The pair said the installation imagines a better, richer and more enlightened world. As the world continues to appear in an ever-increasing state of disarray, you'd have to say it's a welcome message.

The exhibition runs until December 2 at Fox International Channels, Avenida Las Americas 16-76, Guatemala 01013, Guatemala. Check it out above.

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