Rop van Mierlo has done it again. His new series called ‘Bench players’, consist of failed, rejected or unused animals that didn’t see the light of day in his previous projects or collaborations. After some consideration, van Mierlo decided it was time for these animals to play the field.
Each member of the Bench players represents a peculiar, unconventional and quirky way of life. The butterfly is gracefully odd, the mandrill ostentatiously fierce and the pug charismatically curious. Only twenty editions of each animal (butterfly, mandrill and pug) were carefully woven into wall hangings at TextielLab in Tilburg, the Netherlands. They all have a unique number on the backside, one by one and without exception.
Van Mierlo’s Bench Players will be on display at Graanmarkt 13 and available for purchase online and in store.