Micromachina

July 27th, 2012 | Robot

Micromachina ~ Decommission, 2011,
beetle, resin figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Race to Extinction, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Migration, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Pre-Emptive Swarm, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

 

The Micromachina series above is by artist Scott Bain from Adelaide, Australia.  All of the insects you see in the images are real!

Here is a excerpt from the artist:

MICROMACHINA examines what makes the insect world tick, and considers our attempts to control nature and the consequences. Humanity’s blatant disregard for nature, where profit comes before life, will ultimately be our undoing. Pesticides, herbicides, genetic modification and massive urban expansion push the fine balance of life toward disaster. There has to be a point, when mother nature will say ‘too far’, and rid the earth of its biggest pest… us.

Once the stuff of science fiction, today flying and crawling insects are used by the military, fitted with audio and video devices. This exhibition experiments using real taxidermy beetles as mechanised shells, to show how we mistreat our fellow inhabitants, forcing them to do our will.

While Mr. Bain seems to be inspired by our negative effect on nature, I find our use of insects in new ways to be extremely exciting.  I think it would be great if we had some giant insects to fly us around (and not eat us!)…

-RSB

[via Behance]

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