Giant Slugs Made of Plastic Shopping Bags in France

The work is made out of 40.000 plastic bags that move in the wind. The slugs are ascending this steep city staircase that leads up to a huge Catholic church, essentially signifying their slow crawl towards death. The work reminds us of religion, mortality, natural decay and the slow suffocation of commercialized societies.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman recently completed “Giant Slugs”, the installation pictured above, in Angers, France. (via)

 


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  • Mare

    What is your reaction to the giant slugs being made out of plastic shopping bags? Does it matter that the shopping bags are made out of slugs instead of a different animal? I think the artist is trying to engage with others about our environment. As consumers, we are constantly using plastic. The plastic has to go somewhere and in turn effects our environment.

  • TauseenSyed

    I really like the idea of using slugs to point towards the slow decay of our environment. We don’t notice a slug move until it has moved far, maybe too far in this case. I also liked the point that the artist used colorful shopping bags. They distract you a little from the real message the same way our everyday lives distract us from caring about the future.

  • Cay

    Seeing tons of plastic bags , make me realize that human are polluting the mother nature by overusing the resources. Me, as a environment friendly consumer, will always bring along a recycle bag to reduce the usage of plastic bag . This is a good idea that these plastic bag turns into this awesome art piece. But, I wonder, after some time, when the art piece doesnt looks good anymore, how are they going to place these 40,000 plastic bags?

  • Marrrreeee

    I find it to be a shocking. To waste that much plastic- I think the artist is trying to make a statement about our environment. Wasting plastic affects our community and the world we live in. I think the artist is saying that wasting materials leads our earth to decay. He/she is trying to cause us to react to the project. They want us to have a conversation and hopefully take a stand on our environment for the future.

  • Cay

    pretty much agree with Marrrreeee, It’s shocking and a waste of plastic bag. I am sure, to get such a pretty art piece to be done, they must be using new plastic bags, instead of the used ones. It’s such a waste of resources!

  • Jeem

    Isn’t it logical to assume the plastic bags are recycled and not created solely for this piece? Daft bunch.