While we can’t speak to their structural stability and or durability, elephant dung certainly makes for an interesting biodegradable material. (The scatologically inclined should also check out reindeer poop as a fashion resource.) These 10-inch stiletto heels, created by a London artist/mysterioso who goes only by the handle “INSA,” were commissioned by the Tate as part of a series of design “responses” to a recent exhibit by Chris Ofili, a painter who smeared elephant manure on his controversial 1996 piece, The Holy Virgin Mary.
INSA followed in Ofili’s footsteps—literally—to collect dung from the artist’s original family of elephants. Once his material was procured, To pay homage to the “style and significance of Ofili’s early work,” INSA mimicked Ofili’s materials and techniques, including beading, resin, and painting. The shoe itself is made from less-than-environmentally-desirable conventional leather.
INSA followed in Ofili’s footsteps—literally—to collect dung from the artist’s original family of elephants.
The result, titled Anything Goes When It Comes to S(hoes) in reference to the classic Big Daddy Kane track “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy,” is anything but boring. Londoners can visit the Tate Britain for a closer look until March 21.
[Via Green Muze]