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.

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

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman each artwork measures at 18 x 7.5 x 5 meters in size image © thierry bonnet

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman the route on which the critters are located is directed toward the city’s commercial centre image © thierry bonnet

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman rear view of the artwork – facing the church image © nicolas courtade

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman detail image of the antennae image © nicolas courtade

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman image of the interior of the structure image © nicolas courtade

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman detail image of the plastic bags image © nicolas courtade

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman a model of the artwork

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman preparing the ‘skin’ of the installation

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman the plastic bags were fastened onto netting

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman the team at work

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

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman welding the frame on site in france

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman the antennae wire frame

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

giant slugs made from 40,000 plastic bags by florentijn hofman the structure being assembled image © nicolas courtade

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