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This Artist Creates Homes Modeled After Famous Buildings For Hermit Crabs

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New homes for hermit crabs

An artist in Japan uses 3-D printing to create homes for hermit crabs that represent famous places and architecture from around the world. Check out their lovely new abodes:

Posted by Reuters on Thursday, December 10, 2015

These hermit crabs will never know that they are living in some of the swankiest hermit crab digs in the history of crabkind. But that's okay because we still get to enjoy them. Artist Aki Inomata 3D-printed the shells, modeling them after iconic architecture from around the world, for her "Why Not Hand Over a 'Shelter' to Hermit Crabs?" series, inspired by the ideas of nationality and globalism. "The appearance of hermit crabs changes completely as they exchange shelters," Inomata writes. "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."
· Why Not Hand Over a "Shelter" to Hermit Crabs? [Aki Inomata]