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


‘slow slugs’ by florentijn hofman
image © thierry bonnet

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 creatures 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 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 artist’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.


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


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

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