3D Printed Hermit Crabs Shells

Jun 14, 2015 | Art

3D Printed Hermit Crabs Shells

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3D Printed Hermit Crabs Shells

Japanese artist Aki Inomata has partnered with, of all things, hermit crabs, to create a brilliant architectural art project. Using a 3D printer, Inomata created clear plastic shells with cities on them that were then promptly inhabited by their new hermit crab residents.

Hermit crabs usually inhabit vacated snail shells, but in their absence, they’ve been known to inhabit pieces of wood, stone or plastic, so their “partnership” with Inomata isn’t all that strange. Instead of their usual shells, Inomata provided them with tiny works of art to carry on their backs. The series is aptly titled “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?”

Check out the videos below, where you get to see how the shells were made and how the hermit crabs moved in to their new homes.

New York City

Zaanse Schans




Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?