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Bark Knight: Batman cowl and cape made out of plant material

The DC superhero's iconic suit gets an organic makeover by a French artist sometimes known as Mr. Plant who is not the male version of Poison Ivy, probably.

Not a sculpture depicting the unholy offspring of Bruce Wayne and Swamp Thing.Monsieur_plant/Instagram

In 2012, a team of economics students at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, came up with numbers for a "Bat Budget" based on the events of the movie "Batman Begins" and the bill was quite high. They determined that Bruce Wayne spent $2 million just on the graphite helmets he ordered to complete his Batsuit collection. If someone in the real world wanted to become the Bat, they'd have to fork over even more money for things like Kevlar, utility harnesses and plastic coating in order to have a complete Batsuit.

An artist from France found a cheaper way for an aspiring crimefighter to build a Batsuit, if they don't mind using more organic materials and are willing to risk the bullet, stab wound or splinter.

Artist Christophe Guinet, also known by the monikers Monsieur Plant and Mr. Plant, designed a wearable cowl, cape and chest logo made from tree bark, moss and other plant life. He posted several photos of his "Green Knight" creation on his Instagram account.

For his Batcowl, Guinet constructed a plastic mold of the famed hooded hero and applied a thin layer of bark on top of it. The cape is green instead of black because it's covered with moss and fungus, and the chest logo plate in turn bears his Mr. Plant logo.

Guinet calls himself Mr. Plant because he uses plants, flowers and other organic materials to sculpt and decorate his works of art. His website features some of his other foliage-based creations such as a pair of Nike sneakers made out of pine bark.

Guinet told that the pairing of Batman's Batsuit and tree bark serves to remind viewers that tree bark is "like the suit of the superheroes -- a protective force."

That may be so, but the vigilante who wore it to fight crime wouldn't last a minute in Gotham City unless there's a tree that grows Kevlar.

Artist Christophe Guinet remade Batman's familiar cape out of fungus and moss and a chest logo out of bark. monsieur_plant/Instagram

(Via Mental Floss)