The Slugs of Monster Chetwynd Light Up Christmas at the Tate
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Two gigantic spotted slugs, illuminated with hundreds of white and blue lights, stretch proudly towards the heavens in front of the entrance of the Tate Britain. They are part of the project by artist Monster Chetwynd, chosen this year by the museum for its traditional Christmas decorations, an annual attraction for Londoners and tourists alike, curious to explore the work by the artist chosen to come up with this special installation for the holidays. For her work, Monster Chetwynd was inspired by a documentary on nature by David Attenborough, entitled Life in the Undergrowth, focusing on the ritual mating of spotted slugs. In order to reproduce, a slug produces a particular type of drool that attracts its partner. In the dark, the two creatures head towards a tree from the branches of which they hang in mid-air, supported by a strange electric blue filament. Through her otherworldly slugs, engaged in their hypnotic mating ritual, Chetwynd reminds us that out of the darkness of winter comes a moment of renewal and rebirth. With their disarming irreverence, these tiny living beings show how even seemingly repulsive creatures can transform themselves into something utterly wondrous.