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Pimped-Out Hermit Crab Shells That Explain How It Feels When You Immigrate

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Pimped-Out Hermit Crab Shells That Explain How It Feels When You Immigrate

Japanese artist Aki Inomata is using 3D printing to make new homes for hermit crabs. But not only does the artist give the crabs new homes, the project also comments on the experience of immigrants and refugees.

So what is Aki's actually saying with these custom shells?

Just like the crabs, we take on physical features of the new place we begin living in. Hermit crabs are in a state of temporary dwelling and are constantly changing their "clothes" and home.

Though their exterior changes, their interior stays the same, much like those who immigrate to a new country.

“This work was inspired by the fact that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and then became Japanese for the following fifty years, after which it will be returned to France," Aki explains.

“I was surprised to hear this story, and associated this image with the way that hermit crabs exchange shelters. A piece of land is peacefully exchanged between two countries. While it is the same piece of land, our definition of it changes."

“In the same way, the appearance of hermit crabs changes completely as they exchange shelters. The hermit crabs in my piece, who exchange shelters representing cities of the world, seem to be crossing over national borders. It also brings to mind migrants and refugees changing their nationalities and the places where they live.”

Find more of Aki's work here.

Via Colossal

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