Architectural Shell Sculptures for Hermit Crabs

Hermit crab shells by Aki Inomata

Japanese artist Aki Inomata created a variety of architectural shells for hermit crabs for her 2009-2010 sculpture series “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?” Inomata made the shell sculptures out of translucent plastic using rapid manufacturing techniques. Some shells have houses sprouting out of them, others feature entire cityscapes. Hermit crabs have willingly inhabited the shells, in some cases choosing them over natural shells.

Hermit crab shells by Aki Inomata

Hermit crab shells by Aki Inomata

Hermit crab shells by Aki Inomata

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Written by EDW Lynch

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