Hubert Duprat’s Flies that Create Precious Works of Art

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It’s difficult to tell who is the artist in this work.  Hubert Duprat began working with caddisfly larvae in the 1980′s.  The caddisfly live in streams and use bits from their natural surroundings to create a casing to live in.  Typically this is made up of pebbles, wood, plants, and so on.  Duprat moved these caddisfly larvae to a new surrounding and delicately removed their outer shells   The caddisfly than used the precious metals and stones of their new home to create strangely glamorous shells.  It’s interesting to note the particular materials and patterns the larvae tend toward.  The flies’ “creativity” and Duprat’s conspicuously absent hand in work makes it extremely intriguing.