Most of you reading this will be looking forward to a break in the next few weeks. A proper break. You’ll probably already be daydreaming about sofas, snacks, and the sweet slumber of an afternoon nap.
You know what doesn’t sleep? Culture. Culture is like an essay-writing student hepped up on litre after litre of energy drink. Which is to say that as we begin the long process of unwinding, Tate Britain has just unveiled its final surprise of 2018: a pair of giant slugs.
Monster Chetwynd, the artist responsible for this incarnation of the institution’s annual Christmas commission, has delivered a twin-set of terrestrial gastropod molluscs. These ten metre long slugs are stuffed with recyclable hessian and wicker, and, according to The Guardian slugs are inspired by a David Attenborough documentary about the mating rituals of the slimy garden-dwellers.
“Monster’s commission is playful and anarchic but also engages with the major environmental challenges we face today,” says Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain’s director. He is, he says, looking forward to seeing the “giant leopard slugs lighting up the long winter nights and months.”
Most of us settle for a few fairy lights and a bit of tinsel but if you’re desperate for something original to drape in your living room come Christmas, maybe drop Monster a line.
- Yuri Suzuki on how the key design tool is always communication
- Anna Sullivan creates a look back at the fascinating tradition of stilt walking shepherds
- Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared to debut at Sundance Film Festival
- Director Angela Stephenson documents Manila's defiance for creative freedom in the narco-state
- Friday Mixtape: Anthony Naples takes us from the party to the after party
- Yung Hua Chen’s photography is effortlessly glamorous
- Alex Gamsu Jenkins’ comics remind us of how gross we really are
- Pop culture powerhouse Bryan Rivera's 2018 in graphic design
- Don't worry, be angry: how politics and creativity collided in 2018
- Vice magazine's creative team talks us through its new and unexpectedly different redesign
- DIA channels NYC and gives Squarespace its signature kinetic treatment in brand refresh
- London Art Fair gets an abstract and textural rebrand for 2019