Tate Britain Winter Commission Monster Chetwynd

Tate Britian Winter Commission 2018. Monster Chetwynd.

The Turner Prize nominated artist has adorned the front of Tate Britain with two giant slugs!

Two giant leopard slugs slither around the main entrance to Tate Britain. Their bodies and trails glimmer with energy efficient blue and white LED lights. Creatures most people would consider to be an ugly nuisance have been transformed into something wondrous.

Monster Chetwynd was inspired by seeing leopard slugs mate on Life in the Undergrowth, a television documentary series by David Attenborough. The slugs slowly rotate together, dangling from the branch of a tree by a glittering rope of mucus. This night-time mating ritual reminds us that the darkness of winter can be a time of renewal and rebirth.

Scientists have recently developed lamps powered by bioluminescence (light produced by living organisms such as squid and fungi). Alternative energy interests Chetwynd, and she is excited by the idea that light-emitting organisms may one day power street lights. She wants the slugs, which are made from compostable materials, to be fun and to spark discussion about where we source our energy.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit


1 December 2018 – 28 February 2019

Visit on the 15th December and enjoy our free Winter Fair for the perfect festive day out. There will be pop-up stalls, food, craft makers, live music and more.


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