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Artist 3D-Prints City-Shaped Shells For Hermit Crabs

August 13th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents.

Hermit crabs usually inhabit vacated snail shells, but in their absence, they’ve been known to inhabit pieces of wood, stone or plastic, so their “partnership” with Inomata isn’t all that strange. Instead of their usual shells, Inomata provided them with tiny works of art to carry on their backs. The series is aptly titled “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?”

Check out the videos below, where you get to see how the shells were made and how the hermit crabs moved in to their new homes.

More info: aki-inomata.com (h/t: spoon-tamago)

New York City

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(c) AKI INOMATA

Zaanse Schans

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(c) AKI INOMATA

Thailand

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(c) AKI INOMATA

Santorini

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(c) AKI INOMATA

Honfuer

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(c) AKI INOMATA

Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

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(c) AKI INOMATA

Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?

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Artist 3D-Prints City-Shaped Shells For Hermit Crabs originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 13, 2014.

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Unique Ammonite Washbasin by HighTech Design

February 20th, 2012 by Tomas | No Comments | Filed in Design

This unique washbasin by HighTech Design was inspired by the spiral shape of ammonite shell. In case you didn’t know, Ammonites are an extinct species of free-swimming molluscs who lived in the ancient oceans around the same time that the dinosaurs walked the Earth and disappeared during the same extinction event[1]. Our panda fans from Facebook loved it, but Andre and Darik pointed out that it must be “a pain in the ass to clean”.

Unique Ammonite Washbasin by HighTech Design originally appeared on Bored Panda on February 20, 2012.


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