Animal Spirit Masks by Kosmos Project
Kosmos Project is the studio of Polish designers Ewa Bochen and Maciej Jelski who collaborate on industrial projects and unique pieces for galleries. Their Collective Unconscious collection of furnishings was inspired by two pagan Slavic celebrations: Kupala Night, the feast of fire and water that celebrates the summer solstice, and Forefather’s Eve, a feast commemorating the dead, held October 3–November 1st. During the day of the dead celebration, people gathered to summon ghosts and gain their favor, and in order to not be recognized by the spirits (and possibly be carried back to the underworld) they would wear masks. To honor this tradition, Kosmos Project designed these bent steel masks representing a wolf, bear, bird, and “spirit of the forest”. I think the colorful masks would look great in a child’s bedroom or as faux trophy heads above the fireplace. All images courtesy of Kosmos Project.