After years of procrastination, Dan and Nejc are finally ready to present the first series of hedgehogs available to public. Back in 2019, 12 different hedgehogs were used to mark various venues of the 33rd graphic biennial in Ljubljana, organised by MGLC and curated by Slavs and Tatars. Nejc worked on the identity of the biennial and teamed up with Dan Adlešič on the signage of the events.
The hedgehogs were a hit and people kept asking if they can buy one. We thought about it, but quickly ran into a problem. First time around, we found a guy with a special machine to do the plastic coating for us, but he was not excited about the job and made it clear that he will NOT do it again. After some thinking, Dan bought the double component polyurethane coat-spitting machine himself, and we were finally able to make the first limited series. We chose one of the shapes and made all of them (13) in the same color.
Compilation of hedgehogs made for the biennial in 2019, before and after painting
The basic shape is cut out of 70mm styrofoam. It is then sprayed over with a few layers of polyurethane, which hardens to a thick and very durable layer of plastic. This rough coating, usually used for industrial waterproofing, is slightly uneven and makes each piece different from another. Polyurethane color is used to spray the shape red and add the eyes. Finally, thick car varnish coating is added for a glossy finish and extra protection. Each piece comes with a removable 350mm stainless steel rod that screws into the bottom of the hedgehog. This can be used to stick the hedgehog into the ground, if you plan to use it outdoors. Each hedgehog also has a slightly different position of the pupils. The series is limited to 13 pieces, each is numbered at the bottom and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Finished products back in the office
Each hedgehog is marked and numbered
Removable stainless steel rod for outdoor use
Two hedgehogs from 2019, now used as a clothing rack/zoom-meeting backdrop/balcony decoration
Last but not least, we would like to extend our gratitude to Nevenka Šivavec, executive artistic director of MGLC, and Yasmin Martin Vodopivec, Assistant Director for Financial, Legal and General Affairs at MGLC for their continued support of this project.
Throwback ! Nejc and the biennial van in the summer of 2019, shot by Dan