the great sleeping bear bag by eiko ishizawa the great sleeping bear bag by eiko ishizawa
apr 21, 2014

the great sleeping bear bag by eiko ishizawa

the great sleeping bear bag by eiko ishizawa




bruno the brown bear had his home in the italian alps, but it was inevitable that he would roam around, eventually making his way over to bavaria – the first bear sighting, in what is now germany, in approximately 170 years. unfortunately, while doing so he survived on sheep and hunters. posing him as a threat, the government saw him killed in 2006 despite much opposition from animal lovers.



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details of the bear head





moved by the tragic story, eiko ishizawa decided to ‘recreate’ the incident in a way. the netherlands-based artist has employed this notion of camping gear, transforming the sleeping bag to take on the appearance of a bear, formulating association between one’s love of the wilderness, and the fear of the unknown in the great outdoors.
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the great sleeping bear‘ sees one take on the role of the furry beast, with a human face peeking out from the hairy mammal’s mouth – a sculptural but functional object that crosses the boundaries between contemporary culture and nature, and sees one taking on the role of the feared.

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initial prototype exhibiting how ‘the great sleeping bear’ should be used




having developed multiple prototypes of the sleeping bear bag, ishizawa has now made the protective blanket available for purchase. however, the transaction doesn’t just stop at the point of sale. the artist invites owners of ‘the great sleeping bear’ to photograph themselves using the design from their various global locations, and send their experiences of using the sleeping bag to create a collage that expresses the freedom of animals to be able to wander around without threat.


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prototype details




‘the sleeping bear bag’ is being made in very limited editions, with only a few issued each year. if you’re interested you should contact eiko ishizawa as soon as possible.

  • Hi eiko , i was interested in your great bear sleeping bag . was wondering how much does it cost and do you make them then ship it?

    Troy Johnson says:
  • Dear eiko , i found you great bear sleeping bag and was wondering how to get one and how much it would cost

    Keith Walker says:
  • I love this bear and I am very interested to know if any are available to purchase. Please let me know! Thanks!

    Trish says:
  • Me interesa informaci√≥n sobre el precio y como conseguirlo porfavor. Gracias

    Clarissa says:
  • Would like to know where I can purchase this bear and for how much. Thank You

    Jerri Dickens says:
  • I woild like to know where I can purchase the bear bag, and I would like to know the price. Thanks

    Jerri Dickens says:
  • Hi there, i’d like to purchase a sleeping bag. What is the cost?

    paris says:
  • Hello please tell me how i can order and how it costs
    and one more please if i order can you make two feet insteed of one on the bottom of the sleeping bag
    I really really love it.

    Angela says:
  • Hello Eiko. How much in U.S. dollars does one of these bear bags cost?, along with shipping and handling to the U.S.? Thank you!

    Pamela says:
  • I’m in love with it, I want one and I also want to know the price of it. Thanks

    Jovanna says:
  • please email me back with a price for one the sleeping bears please. any other information on the product would be appreciated. thankyou

    adam says:
  • Really really want one someone said i could get it at walmart I knew that was not true,

    Bev says:
  • Hello I am interested and was wondering if they were still available.

    Cheryl says:
  • This bear sleeping bag makes me happier than anything in the world. I would love to know more about this amazing product in hopes of owning one.
    Thanks <3

    Emily says:
  • Hi how much are these bear bags and how do I purchase one thanks

    Terry says:
  • Hi Eiko,
    Was wondering if you still making the bear sleeping bags? I would like to know that and also the price. I hope to hear from you and this was a great invention ūüôā

    Aracelly says:
  • Hi,
    I love the sleeping bear and was wondering how much it costs in New Zealand dollars?

    Anaan says:
  • Hey Eiko,
    Was wondering how much I could get one of these for, would be great for a Christmas gift ūüôā

    Patrick says:
  • Greetings Eiko! Your beautiful bear sleeping bag creation is causing quite a stir and I love it! I hope it brings much needed attention to all wild animals and the space they live in. I see these are available in only limited quantities. I am very interested in purchasing one if/when any are available. Thank you again for your artistry and imagination!

    Lisa says:
  • Oh my gosh!!!!! I love this sleeping bag. How much does it cost? How can I purchase one?!

    Christine Pearson says:
  • Hi!!! Are you selling these? I would love one for my son if available x

    Allison hay says:
  • What a wonderful project! It is absolutely amazing! I would love to know the details about the bear sleeping bag. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Debbie says:
  • Dear Eiko,
    I would like to know if there is any possibility of purchasing one of your beautiful bear sleeping bags and what the cost would be? Your work is breathtaking.
    Thank you,

    Jo says:
  • Where can I order one of these for my grandson, who has cystic fibrosis, for Christmas? This would make his struggle a little bit easier!!! Thank you!!

    KD says:
  • How much are these and how do you order one?

    julie Brashears says:
  • I need one pleaseeeee, right now !!!!! Where I buying in mexico.?

    Lizeth says:
  • I know these are made in limited quantities and are special order. I would be interested in pricing and availability please. It’s an awesome sleeping bag.

    Wayne Mayo says:
  • just need order info

    Frank says:

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