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Plastic bag monster invades Slovenia

The concept of a “plastic bag monster” isn’t completely new — reusable bag companies Blue Avocado and Chico Bags (above) have both created monstrous characters out of disposable shopping bags to represent the environmental damage created by these ubiquitous items. Slovenian artist/designer The Miha Artnak has expanded the concept literally with a plastic bag monster entitled Lovka na lovce, or “The Tackle of the Tentacle,” that extends through the streets of capital city Ljubljana.

According to the artist’s web site, gathering materials for the sculpture involved three organizations; the finished work is created from “40,000 used plastic bags and 7,500 used plastic cups from 12 kindergartens, 21 primary schools, 4 high schools and 3 faculties from the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and from more than 500 people from Ljubljana.” The complete work requires a map, which you can see, along with photographs, at the artist’s site.

Artnak intends for the “monster” to represent “the spreading of the consumerism and waste segregation,” and to draw attention to “individuals’ sloth and irresponsibility.” Check out the photos, and let us know if you think he hit the mark with this creation.

via Wooster Collective

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