Justin Gershenson-Gates is the man behind “A Mechanical Mind” and is responsible for these mechanical insects and arthropods made from antique watches. He breaks the old watches down and then reassembles the parts into these creatures. Here’s a quote from the artist:
“My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.”
My favorite of the mechanical creatures is probably the spiders. The glass bulbs make for really great abdomens. I think it would be really great to see a stop-motion animation involving these guys. Maybe something like The Deep from Pes, which I featured last year. But, I’m not sure how much movement the parts of these creatures have, so it may be difficult.
Anyway, if you’re interested, Mr. Gershenson-Gates also makes a lot of jewelry from the recycled watch gears that can be purchased from his Esty page.
And apparently, if you’re living in the Chicago area, you can see these mechanical insects first hand at the Bucktown Holiday Art Show December 8th and 9th, 2012.