Tuesday, February 10, 2009

i like my insects how i like my manga. steampunk.

Sorry rogue taxidermy. My new obsession is Insect Lab. By customizing real insect and arachnid specimens with antique watch parts, artist Mike Libby creates delicate unique pieces that celebrate the confluences and contradictions between nature and technology. As least that's what his mission statement says. Mainly I just think they're pretty. And since I've start collecting framed insects (a gorgeous leaf insect, North American butterflies), this is probably the next natural step for my obsession. They're a little pricey, so I'm just going to have to do a little saving before I take any of these home with me.

Rutelidae: Plusiotis Beyeri

Arachnidae: Nephila Maculata

Bumblebee

Morphidae: Trogonoptera Brookiana Albescens

Mantidae: Tenodera Supertitiosa

5 comments:

Noelesque said...

Seriously, if you like that then you will LOVE this: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/02/la_princesse_in_liverpool.html

Steampunk bugs forever!

~N

a tiny machine said...

ah! i think the link got cut off. could you post it again?

Noelesque said...

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/
2009/02/la_princesse_in_
liverpool.html

a tiny machine said...

oh my god. awesome.

Noelesque said...

You should get a job with this company: http://www.interbots.com/

they are hiring young start-up Robot mechanics. I could see you doing that.