Japanese artist Aki Inomata 3D prints homes for hermit crabs
These beautiful plastic shells feature miniature versions of cities and structures from around the world including New York, Thailand and Greece. Hermit crabs usually inhabit empty snail shells but have been known to opt for wood or whatever they can scavenge when shells aren’t to be found. Inomata decided to play on this activity by printing these forms and leaving them for the crabs to find. The series is rather aptly titled: “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?”.
The work is reminiscent of the art produced when Caddisfly larvae where given gold leaf to make protective cases from, which you can see here at: Laughing Squid