Amazing mechanical insects
• The amazing mechanical insects
Living in the US artist Mike Libby "improves" the real insects, equipping them with the details of the old clockworks and electronic circuits, thus creating a unique "hybrid".
A project that Mike gave the name "Insect Lab" ( "Laboratory of insects") Mike found inspiration in the garden of a dead beetle.
"One day I came across a dead, but with no visible external damage beetle," says the artist. It seemed to me that he and the old wristwatch that just at the moment I broke down a lot in common, and I decided that a good idea to try to somehow combine them.
His works include beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers ...
... and even the fearsome cyborg crab.
"I dissected beetle and equipped it with tiny Circuits of hours - so that in the end I got what appeared to be a cybernetic sculpture. Then I took another set of similar pieces - and has since been regularly doing it. "
34 hletny Mike all their work creates a single copy, each of his creation - unique and unrepeatable. Recently, he began to receive orders from him attracted strange crafts originals. For example, a stockbroker from New York wanted to get three wind-scorpions.
"I get insects from entomologists engaged in the sale of samples from around the world, including from Africa, China, New Guinea, Brazil and other countries," says Mike. "Sometimes, though, I'll catch bumblebees or dragonflies. Also, people can send me your own "material" for their orders. "
As Mike mechanical elements mainly uses components from the old pocket and wrist watches, trying to find a use every screw and a spring, not to mention the arrows and gears.
On the work on each copy of Mike goes from ten to forty hours. enes range from 375 to 2000 dollars. Mike usually draws its products by placing them in boxes, cabinets or in special glass containers, to which is attached a sign indicating the name of the insect, and used for its "improvements" details.
Mike believes that all human mechanics is essentially based on the peculiarities of the insect world, because people have developed their own mechanisms based on the structure of the legs of insects, wings and motor characteristics.
"Take a look at the dragonfly - unless it is not a perfect flying machine? It is the most advanced NASA technology is not a direct imitation of the structure of insects?
"Humanity is just beginning to realize that the most advanced technology, the most successful projects are always of the nature".