architecturally influenced hermit crab habitats by aki inomata
jul 22, 2013
architecturally influenced hermit crab habitats by aki inomata


architecturally influenced hermit crab habitats by aki inomata
‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2009
all images © aki inomata

 

 

japanese artist aki inomata creates intricately crafted plastic habitats for hermit crabs, which are influenced by the architecture of major cityscapes — the new york city skyline, a parisian apartment, and a tokyo-style house. the semi-transparent, delicate forms are designed in the style of physical human environments, which ironically become a shelter for the aquatic arthropods. the biology of the hermit crab makes it a fascinating example of identity transfer — as they grow they require larger shells and periodically interchange their external portion with other members of the crustacean community. inomata connects her study of the hermit’s transformation to the self-adaptation of humans, whether it be in acquiring a new nationality, immigrating or relocating.

 

 


‘why not hand over a shelter to a hermit crab’
video courtesy of aki inomata

 

 

throughout her creative process, she determined that her plastic representations needed to sustain and support the hermit crab’s careful shell-selection process. she used CT scanning, typically a medical imaging procedure that produces cross-sectional pictures of the body, to capture highly-detailed, 3-dimensional renderings of an unoccupied seashell, which one of her hermit crabs had abandoned. based on the tomography of the interior of the shell, she prototyped and produced several types of habitable shelters, which the hermits would find similar in construction to their usual exoskeleton.

 

 


‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

 

 


‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

 

 


‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

 

 


‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2009
 

 


‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2009 

 


 
‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

 


in her work ‘world outside your world’, inomata placed a spherical plastic shell on the outside of a turtle, decorated with carved village houses that are typical to a traditional japanese landscape.

 

 


‘world outside your world’, 2011

 

 


‘world outside your world’, 2011

 

 


installation view at the ai kowada gallery, japan

 

 


detail of one of the hermit crab habitats
installation view at the ai kowada gallery, japan

 

 

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