I’m a huge fan of artistic expressions which gets inspiration from the natural world, which is why I was absolutely floored by these beautiful clockwork insects created at Insect Lab by Mike Libby. These clocks are made from actual dead bugs; tiny clockwork gears and spings are worked around the shiny carapaces of beetles, the furry exoskeletons of tarantulae, and the delicate wings of butterflies.
The inspiration for creating these tiny frankenbugs came when Mike found a dead intact beetle one day. After locating an old wristwatch, and thinking about the simplistic, precise movements of both clock and beetle, he decided to combine the two.
After some time dissecting the beetle and outfitting it with watch parts and gears, I had a convincing little cybernetic sculpture. I soon made many more with other found insects and have been exploring and developing the theme ever since.
The insects come from all over the world, from dead bug dealers, as well as personally collected by the artist. He also accepts commissions where people give him their own found bugs. The clockwork parts come from antique pocketwatches and wristwatches, and he also uses electrical components from olf circuitboards. All comes from outdated or “dead” technology. Take note that these are pieces of art and not everyday watches; they are meant to be displayed in cases. They are suprisingly cheap considering the time and attention to detail required to create them.
Check out more pictures of his work under the fold….
Hat tip darkman.