giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman
sep 26, 2012

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman

 

dutch artist florentijn hofman has sent designboom images of his latest large-scale installation entitled ‘slow slugs’- created for the accroche coeurs festival in angers, france. the two monolithic animals are fabricated from the knitting together of 40,000 colored plastic bags — each artwork measuring at 18 x 7.5 x 5 meters in size. the theme of the festival for this year was ‘north’ — the distinctive sloping of the quiet french town then became the key impetus for the concept, with the route on which the critters are located directed toward the city’s commercial centre.

the two monolithic creatures are fabricated from the knitting together of 40,000 colored plastic bagsimage © thierry bonnet

 

 

the work stood for a total of eight days, with an immense amount of time and planning having gone into its construction. after two weeks of sketching and model making, the massive metal frame was bent and formed in the hofman’s studio in rotterdam. the remainder of the production was completed in france with the skeleton welded on site as well as the bags fastened to the frame.

each artwork measures at 18 x 7.5 x 5 meters in size image © thierry bonnet

the route on which the critters are located is directed toward the city’s commercial centre image © thierry bonnet

rear view of the artwork – facing the church image © nicolas courtade

detail image of the antennae image © nicolas courtade

image of the interior of the structure image © nicolas courtade

detail image of the plastic bags image © nicolas courtade

a model of the artwork

preparing the ‘skin’ of the installation

the plastic bags were fastened onto netting

the team at work

attaching a plastic bag

welding the frame on site in france

the antennae wire frame

preparing the structure

the structure being assembled image © nicolas courtade

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    art news