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Artist Hatches Steampunk Insects Wearing Mechanical Gears

Gaby Wormann makes MeCre, or mechanical creatures that would fit in at Burning Man.

by Zach Sokol
Mar 20 2014, 4:20pm

What do you get when you fuse mechanics with a big, fuzzy tarantula? According to German-born artist, Gaby Wormann, MeCre (mechanical creatures), or "fictitious biomechanical exo-prostheses," as described on the artist's website. Definitely a mouthful (though hopefully not literally), this artist is stylizing insects like a Steampunk mechanic and the result is awesome. 

Wormann adorns taxidermied insects with antiquated mechanical parts such as pieces of Swiss watches, clocks, and other trinkets, making them appear as if the meticulously reconstructed dead beetles, spiders, and dragonflies just returned from the craziest Burning Man weekend ever.

In a brief interview on Paranoias, Wormann states that this series is an amalgam of "biomechanics, robotics, body hacking and ethics. [...] Juxtaposing artificial mechanical systems and organic creatures is the central part of the creative process leading to novel realities. The creatures in this series are grotesque dwellers in my own Utopia of modern times."

Take a look at some of her work before, and check out her website to buy these Steampunkish critters.

H/T Paranoias

@zachsokol

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