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It is time the hermit crabs found a home at last. The expression “home sweet home” was not in their vocabulary until the Japanese artist Aki Inomata realized their dream.
With a combination of architecture and art in plastic he created a home shell for the hermit crabs. The innovation? The “homes” are miniature cities from all over the world. They will be carrying on their backs cities like modern Atlases.(Well, you know Atlas…In Greek mythology he was a Titan holding up the Gaia-the Globe)
From now on, hermit crabs won’t be inhabiting pieces of wood, stones or vacated snail shells. They will have their own homes which will be tiny works of art thanks to Aki Inomata. The series is titled:”Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” To Hermit Crabs?”
If a hermit is someone who lives in seclusion from society, I can’t help but wonder. Will they be changing their names, too? If not, it will be quite oxymoron.


 

‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2009

‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2009

‘why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?’, 2010

in her work ‘world outside your world’, inomata placed a spherical plastic shell on the outside of a turtle, decorated with carved village houses that are typical to a traditional japanese landscape.

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