In the mood to hibernate? Artist Eiko Ishizawa’s ‘Great Sleeping Bear’ can help you tap into that side of yourself harder than ever. Originally created as a sculptural piece of art in 2007, the piece was created in the wake of a 2006 incident involving a wild bear who had bumbled into Bavaria, inciting some mild controversy over how this wild animal should be treated. Eventually, he was hunted down and killed. Ishizawa explains:
“I was interested in this tragic story of the bear, as well as the starting point of this tragedy; this bear was generating many different ideas and emotions in people as illusions in reality by just crossing the borderline between countries.
In order to recreate such incident, I made an object with the realistic look of a bear, which modifies sleeping bag functionality. By hiring this connotation of outdoor goods, this work depicts the contradictive relationship between admirations and love of mankind toward wild nature, and the boundaries that we rarely break.”
Now Ishizawa’s project can be all yours, as he began making these sleeping bags by hand in 2014, producing them to order. You can contact the artist by email with ordering inquiries, and Bored Panda reports each bag costs $2,350.