Mostlikely, a Viennese design collective, reproduced the Vienna Basilisk during Vienna Design Week. According to a Viennese legend from the 13th century, this mythological creature comes to life "when a rooster lays an egg which is hatched by a toad, and the offspring is reared by a snake". It was eventually forced to explode by being confronted with its own ugliness in a mirror that was held up in front of it by a brave young man.
Mostlikely rebuilt the Basilisk as a five metres tall paper structure—constructed from 360 single pieces, consisting of 3,780 different two-dimensional paper shapes, assembled with 22,680 joints. In order to produce this high number of technically complex forms rapidly themselves, the designers used low polygon modeling. This 3D computer technology, usually implemented for filmic visual effects, was put into manifestation with what they refer to as "low tech prototyping".
The 360 individual components were for sale at the finissage, the exhibition closing, to find a new life as lamp or whatever other function a buyer can imagine for their very own paper monster puzzle piece.
Brit Leissler lives and acts between London and Berlin. After receiving a Master degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London she started her own Shoot the Stylist! design studio. She also works as a design educator for various institutions and founded Punch'n'Cuddle Ltd., producing and distributing her own products.
When taking a break from the design world she writes, sings and composes quirky electronic pop or travels the planet. Brit loves all forms of eccentricity, joins up the dots and aims to get into interesting conversations with all kinds of weird and wonderful people. As a hardcore digital camera gunslinger she shoots everything that moves and grooves. She doesn't eat animals, is hot for cheese, loves the Kensington Squirrels, robotic dance moves and life enhancing ideas.