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Bignik in Stein, Switzerland paired with Alice + Olivia Lulue Boucleé and Stretch Woven Playsuit.

Bignik in Stein, Switzerland paired with Alice + Olivia Lulue Boucleé and Stretch Woven Playsuit.


 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin imagine a world blanketed in a picnic, a world marked by community contributions and fellowship. This summer, they’re hosting a petite picnic by their standards, palatial by everyone else’s, on a patchwork blanket covering nearly 4 acres of countryside in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. With the goal of swelling the blanket to span 100 football fields by 2040, the brothers are starting small, staging their first Bignik last summer and their second now. With cloth culled from neighboring towns – towels, curtains, sheets, tablecloths – the brothers sewed simpatico squares and then velcroed the modules together (not unlike this playsuit’s piecing together of a bouclé tank and woven shorts). Some 1,500 people have visited Bignik – picnicking, sunbathing, traipsing, snoozing. “[Art] should be experienced amidst life,” the brother artists have said. As their art has been, amidst my favorite summer pastime.

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