Matt Jones created “Bertrand, Air Whale” by fusing black trash bags together with iron rather than tape. As he describes the work: “It’ll be a ‘solar hot air balloon,’ flying when the sun heats up the air inside warmer than the surrounding air.”
Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay, two artists born in Tel-Aviv, have pursued a variety of projects through their studio, Raw-Edges. The duo graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2006. Around that time they designed the almost-too-cute-to-throw-away Bin Bag Bear — which is accompanied by the following story on their website:
A simple employee at the council rubbish disposal services had a peculiar imagination: he could see teddy bears in every object he observed. As a child he would stare at the clouds imagining that he could see teddy bears in the sky… and today…everywhere, even the black bin bags looked like teddy bears to him. No one at work could stand his excited cries every time he shouted ‘look at that bear…look at that one…don’t throw it into the garbage crusher… nooooo!..’ Of course he was fired from his job, lost his family and friends and became homeless. Yet even though many people thought he was strange, none of them would admit that they too saw the teddy bear bin bags dumped around the streets of London.