housing for hermit crabs
These amazing 3-D printed houses are made for hermit crabs.
For the last six years, Japanese artist Aki Inomata has been designing architecture for an unlikely client: hermit crabs. Using a CT scanner, she creates detailed scans of seashells and then transforms them into new shapes based on human landscapes—the New York City skyline, a Thai temple, or, in her latest work, Western-style wedding chapels in Japan. Born without shells, hermit crabs are on a lifelong hunt for new real estate as they grow. For Inomata, the project is a way to think about how people migrate and borders shift. "This work is all about conjuring thoughts and images of national borders, nationality, immigration, and refugees, from the hermit crab," she explains. "What are national borders? Can we choose where to live our own lives? These are some of the questions I am posing."