Gallery: 40,000 Plastic Bags Re-purposed to Create Florentijn Hofman’s ...

Florentijn Hofman has a knack for creating lighthearted, large-scale installations that are certain to draw a crowd. Gigantic floating rubber ducks, biodegradable muskrats, and huge red dogs have all made their way from Hofman's imagination into the towns and countrysides of Europe. Now, single-use plastic bags are getting a second life as part of the Dutch artist's latest installation. The artist used over 40,000 disposable bags to cover the bodies of two gigantic slugs that were pulled slowly through the streets of Angers, France. The sculptures measured a towering 18 x 7.5 x 5 meters, and took about two weeks to build.

Amidst the fast-paced, modern environment, it is nice to be reminded to slow down every once and a while and take in the scenery. Florentijn Hofman’s two massive, brightly colored slugs, could be seen slowly making their way through the streets of Angers, France earlier this month. The artist covered each giant gastropod with thousands of plastic bags over metal frames, finding a home for the disposable sacks away from the landfill. Created for the Accroche-coeurs Festival, the slugs ascended the steep slopes to the town’s main church in accordance to this year’s theme, “North”.

Of his work, Hofman stated that each figure “reminds us of religion, mortality, natural decay and the slow suffocation of commercialized societies.” Despite the heavy subtext of the Slow Slugs, one cannot help but marvel at the brilliant colors, enormous scale, and rustling wind-blown plastic of the magnificent garden monsters.

+ Florentijn Hofman

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