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Artist Aki Inomata Creates Shelters Inspired by Urban Architecture

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: aki-inomata and psfk
Hermit crabs are becoming well known for their interesting choices in shelters as littering increases and natural shells decrease; artist Aki Inomata capitalizes on this by creating a series of strikingly sculptural homes for them. Modelled after modern urban architecture, Aki Inomata's hermit crab shells are a far cry from what they are used to donning.

As though creating a bunch of ghostly mini cities, Aki Inomata uses semi-transparent plastic to create her art pieces. Inspired by major cities such as Paris, New York and Tokyo, Aki Inomata likens the hermit crabs to the people who reside in such locations. PSFK writes, "The hermit crabs, although having the same body, change appearances when they transfer to a new shell or shelter. In the same way, people adapt when they relocate."