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Sir Tony Cragg and Papacks

reveal art history - hemp instead of plastic

Self-Portrait "Passing Through" in the exhibition: PLEASE TOUCH! / Düsseldorf / Kunstpalast

Tony Cragg in an interview with PAPACKS® about the hemp fiber casting mask, art and the collaboration on the project – © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

In the latest collaboration, world-renowned sculptor Sir Tony Cragg and Papacks, an innovative producer of sustainable packaging solutions, have created a product and artwork that combines art, touchability and ecological innovation.

Tony Cragg’s “Self-Portrait – Passing Through” is a testament to his long-standing fascination with materials and their transformative power. With Papack’s support, a sculpture was created that not only reflects Cragg’s characteristic three-dimensional forms and textures, but also serves as a tangible, portable work of art. The material, a renewable resource hemp, is refined through the fiber casting process and allows for an artistic experience that puts sustainability at the forefront.

Cragg reflects on his artistic evolution: from the use of plastic in the 1970s to today’s recognition of the need to replace environmentally harmful materials. “The challenge lies not only in the search for alternative manufacturing processes, but also in a fundamental change in our production philosophy and aesthetics,” says Cragg.

Tony Cragg with the hemp molded fiber mask, produced by Papacks
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Tahsin Dag (Ceo & Founder Papacks), Tony Cragg, Werner Sempell (Managing Partner, Papacks)
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This collaboration underlines the potential of combining art and business to promote sustainability. The use of hemp for the production of Tony Cragg’s masks symbolizes the urgent need to integrate more environmentally friendly materials.

The partnership between Tony Cragg and Papacks is an impressive example of how art and industry can bring about environmental, aesthetic and social change. Tony Cragg’s “Self-Portrait – Passing Through” invites you to experience art in its tactile form and emphasizes harmony with the principles of nature.

This initiative marks an important step in the search for solutions to environmental problems and at the same time promotes cultural values. The masks produced by Papacks from innovative fiber casting embody a new awareness of sustainable action.

Tony Cragg's "Self-Portrait - Passing Through" masks in the museum store at the Kunstpalast
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22.2. – 26.5.2024 at Kunstpalast / Düsseldorf
In spring 2024, Kunstpalast is presenting an exhibition together with the British sculptor Anthony Douglas Cragg (*1949) that focuses on the tactile stimuli of his sculptures. Entitled “Please touch!”, this show allows visitors to touch sculptures in a museum that would normally remain untouched for conservation reasons. Tony Cragg explores the connection between material and meaning in his works, whereby the exhibition offers an insight into his artistic process and enables visitors to grasp his works with all their senses. (Curator: Felix Krämer, General Director Kunstpalast) www.kunstpalast.de

Tony Cragg's "Self-Portrait - Passing Through" MOLDED FIBER masks, hemp
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Tony Cragg's "Self-Portrait - Passing Through" masks in the museum store at the Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
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Sir Tony Cragg

Sir Tony Cragg, renowned British sculptor, demonstrates an innovative use of materials and a unique approach to the language of form in his works exhibited worldwide. His art reflects a profound exploration of the relationship between natural forms and industrial processes. Winner of many awards for his life’s work, Cragg remains a central figure in the contemporary art scene, pushing the boundaries of sculpture and challenging audiences to consider matter and the environment in new ways.


The Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, initiated by citizens, entrepreneurs and artists in 1913, is an important art museum with over 300 years of tradition. As a civic museum, its mission is to make art accessible to all residents of the city. With a collection of over 100,000 objects from various artistic genres and epochs, including paintings, sculptures, applied arts and design, the Kunstpalast enriches the city’s art scene and maintains close links with the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Since its extensive refurbishment in 2001, the museum not only offers a unique glass collection, but also international art.

PAPACKS Verpackungen

PAPACKS is a leading production company in the field of ecological innovation, specializing in the development and production of plastic-free, sustainable packaging solutions. With the goal of replacing single-use plastic with renewable raw materials, PAPACKS combines technology, innovation and science to create environmentally friendly, aesthetic and functional packaging. The use of molded fiber technology with sustainable materials supports the movement towards a circular economy and combats global plastic pollution. PAPACKS invites companies worldwide to join this environmentally conscious revolution.

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