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Artist Sculpts Chrysler Buildings and Villas for Hermit Crabs

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Ah yes, another just-plain-delightful project to add to the index of miniature architecture built atop of random (read: skulls, elephants, feet) things: Japanese artist Aki Inomata's elaborate plastic habitats for hermit crabs. Using CT scans to configure 3D renderings of the crabs' shells of choice, Inomata sculpted crystal-clear cityscapes and traditional Japanese dwellings for the critters that famously carry their homes on their backs. The result? A handful of lucky crabs brag some stunning temporary homes—and everybody knows that crab with the model of the Chrysler building on its back is going to be the most popular guy in hermit crab middle school.

· Architecturally Influenced Hermit Crab Habitats by Aki Inomata. [Design Boom]
· All Miniatures posts [Curbed National]