Manmade Hermit Crab Shells Mimic Human Buildings

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Artist Aki Inomata asks “Why not hand over a “shelter” to hermit crabs?”  and this is exactly what she does.  Inomata carefully scanned the structure of shells used by hermit crabs and took note of their specific needs.  Then using 3D modeling software she created new “homes” for these crabs.  Drawing a connection between humans and the hermit crabs, Inomata decorated the shells with human structures and dwellings.  Somewhat similar to humans, the crabs out grow their shells and must look for new shelter.  The project underscores the basic need of a place to live, regardless of the seeming complexity behind the issue.

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