littterbugs

Monday, February 11, 2013


sounds like the opening line from a hollywood sci-fi blockbuster… (try to imagine that male husky voice-over in the background!)
arthropod sub-species of the insecta class…a creature whose instinctual and physical qualities have adapted so uniquely to the modern urban environment that it has rendered itself, by nature of camouflage, virtually invisible in it’s normal habitat.”
giving a whole new meaning to scrap is this british artist mark oliver, who has created a series of insects called 'littterbugs', brought to life entirely from trash. using eye-glass arms for antennae and clock hands for legs, the species were developed in order to adopt to the harsh & changing urban landscape. 






the creatures are part of an invented genus, affectionately categorized in a document known as the 'compendium of carabid and terrestrial detritus' - each one having been given their own title and scientific name, some based off the found objects they are built from. 

i was enthralled by the divergence amid the elaborate forms with extravagant baroque details and the printed tin sheets from scrap. almost  art deco and noveau-esque, almost reminding me of this set of jewelry.
the modern, blemished & patinated metal scrap adds a downright unusual lure to these objets d'art! Do not miss the quip in the scientific classification of the bugs. Classic!





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