Artists Enlist Caddisfly Larvae to “Build”Jewelry From Gold, Gemstones
Humans aren’t the only animals with yen for self-decoration. Caddisfly larvae protect themselves by constructing elaborate armors from gravel, sand, twigs, and other debris, which they “glue” together using excreted silk. The tiny moth-like insects scavenge whatever material is suitable from their environments, including anything you choose to give them. French artist Hubert Duprat was among the first to take advantage of the insects’ predilections by supplying them with gold flakes, opal, turquoise, rubies, and pearls. The resulting cases are intricate works of art that can be strung up like beads to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Thank you to the Museum of Old and New Art and photographer Fabrice Gousset for the images . (via ARTREBELS)
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“WildScape Incorporated is a business that focuses on environmental education. The caddisfly larva is an environmental indicator! They tell us the quality of the water they live in… They are a beautiful insect that creates beautiful art. I give my caddisfly larva a environmentally safe place to live and create their unique pieces of art. I then raise my caddisfly larva until they emerge as adults. Their cases are left behind to remind us that there is so much beauty in nature. I create unique jewelry that is made using the cases of the caddisfly larva… They are beautiful Look me up at Wildscape!“
PS [We are sorry if the protectors of animals such as us feel offended, on this example method of humans using animals: ecologist or not! We will not discuss it; The show is magnificent.
Furthermore people do not say anything for other examples: a cast metal sculptures of ant colonies made by pouring molten aluminum to fill the tunnels and chambers of the nest. See: Anthill Art sells cast metal sculptures on eBay. Watch the video below.While this is atrocious.]