In a sea of red and white, an art installation is slowly growing across the rolling green hills of the Swiss countryside. It is the start of what plans to be the world’s largest picnic blanket and over this summer there have already been about 1,500 picnickers at BIGNIK.
This project is only getting bigger. It is now about 3.5 acres but this is only about 4% oft he projected size. By 2040 designers want it to be about 132 acres. Imagine all the food you would need to feed a picnic that big!
BIGNIK is the brainchild of Swiss brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin, who started to collect red and white blankets, curtains and towels in 2012. They are then sewn into 15X15 foot pieces to give them the picnic blanket appearance and then connected to the larger blanket by Velcro. During the off-season the blanket is dissembled and put away for storage, and then reassembled again during summer with the help of volunteers.