by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 30 December 2013

If the Japanese have monuments dedicated to Godzilla, the French have two slugs for a giant monster sculpture. Hmmm they really love their Escargot, don’t they? Artist Florentijn Hofman – famous for the big rubber duck found in different harbours of the world – created two gigantic slugs and placed them in the middle of Angers, France. But don’t worry, these slugs pose no threat as they are only an installation made out of 40,000 plastic bags. Though I don’t think they can be a threat, even if they wanted to.

Inside the belly of the beast, you could see that the plastic bags are all connected and strung together by football nets supported by steel frames. He created these monsters for the Accroche-Coeurs, a street theatre festival that takes place every September in Angers.

‘The slugs are ascending this steep city staircase that leads up to a huge Catholic church, essentially signifying their slow crawl towards death,” Hofman says in his website. “The work reminds us of religion, mortality, natural decay and the slow suffocation of commercialized societies’. The 60-foot plastic slugs moved each day towards the church, where we hope the two of them got hitched, seeing they’re the only ones left in their species.

Via Laughing Squid