Some people sleep, others hibernate. If you’re one of the latter, there’s now a sleeping bag that can help bring your snoozing to the next level.
Artist Eiko Ishizawa is the creator of this incredibly lifelike bear sleeping bag, complete with arms, legs, and, yes, teeth. In order to get in, you must (and you’ll never hear us use this phrase again) crawl into the bear’s mouth.
Ishizawa conceives of this piece as more than just a functional sleeping bag. She sees it as a way for people to experience the transitional, halfway state between human and animal. In a statement on her website, Ishizawa said that she was inspired to create the sleeping bag when a wild bear was roaming Bavaria in 2006—the first wild bear in the area in over 100 years. The bear sparked a debates among locals and the government and was ultimately killed. Ishizawa was intrigued by the way the bear had sparked such strong reactions in people, and how it illuminated humanity’s often confusing relationship with wildlife.
“By having the experience of transitional discoveries like finding a bear, realizing a little human face in his mouth, and recognizing details and shape of this commodity, I attempt to create this work as to be a medium for audiences to generate one’s transitional perceptions and fantasies in reality,” Ishizawa wrote.
Images on Ishizawa’s website illustrate this concept, showing human limbs protruding from a bear’s head, and a sleeping, cuddly-looking bear that is in fact a person. Mostly, though, people are on the Internet are just freaking out about how cool an idea this is.
So if you’ve ever wanted to get into the skin of a wild animal, this might be the sleeping bag for you. Just as long as you have $2,350 to spare.