robotic steampunk insects by lindsey bessanon robotic steampunk insects by lindsey bessanon
feb 23, 2012

robotic steampunk insects by lindsey bessanon

‘chelorrhina savagei’ from the ‘steampunk insects’ series by lindsey bessanon all images by kyle campbell

lindsey bessanon began her creative career as a jeweler in arizona, USA in 2003, casting insects in gold or silver. however, bessanon’s work soon morphed into one more sculptural in nature as she hoped to appreciate the coloring of each bug by adding metallic parts, resulting in a collection of robotic bugs.

bessanon first acquires dried, dead insects from suppliers on ebay, special collectors or entomologist websites. when ready to begin work on a piece, the artist re-humidifies the specimens in order to properly shape them. bessanon then repositions the legs and wings, fanning them in her intended arrangement. following the initial appendage setting, the artist pins the insect to a piece of styrofoam, allowing her to more easily add the cogs, gears, levers and steel mechanisms to the insect. after a period of two weeks, the intricate robotic bug sculpture is completed– the colors of the insect play off of the silver and gold of the gears, bringing together the two media preferred by the artist.

‘phallacrognathus muelleri’, 2010

‘o priamus teucrus’, 2011

left: ‘anax junius‘, 2011 right: ‘avicularia purpurea‘, 2011

‘green metallic stag beetle’, 2010

‘chrysina’, 2010

‘cyrtotrachelus’, 2011

‘prosopocoilus giraffa borobudur’, 2011

‘eupatorus birmanicus’, 2010

‘phaneus vindex’, 2011

via oddity central

  • What the…………………..

    Jason says:
  • good work

    nunu says:
  • And you never heard of Mike Liby and his insect lab??

    CJ says:
  • sorry it’s Libby, two b’s. my bad…

    cj says:
  • I agree, Mike Libby does the same thing..perhaps a little better. His spiders and dragonfly combos don\’t look like they’ve just been stuck on the back of a dead bug. Oh by the way, poor bugs…all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small doesn\’t continue to say all things wind-up and wonderful, fit cogs and made them crawl.

    heydc says:
  • http://insectlabstudio.com/
    for more (and better) stuff

    rem says:
  • I want to buy the Green one!

    mompeian says:

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