Mike Libby’s Insect Lab creations are incredibly awesome. We’ve been admiring and coveting these clockwork insects for years. You might think they look photoshopped, but they are completely real natural marvels turned into delicate works of art.
“Robot-like insects and insect-like robots are the stuff of science fiction and science fact. Often in science fiction, insects are frequently featured as robotic critters. There are many examples in TV, movies, video games, comic books, even on album covers. From Cronos to The Golden Compass, the insect/robot archetype has been used, re-used and re-imagined countless times.
Both biologists and engineers look to insect movement, design and social behavior to inspire new technology and applications. Some of the most advanced aircraft is smaller than a dragonfly, and NASA scientists are making walking rovers and “swarm theory” probes for planetary exploration. Technology is finding that the most efficient design features comes from natural systems.
Over time and ironically, this technology closely resembles the musings of science fiction. This hybridization of both fields is where Insect Lab borrows from. Insect Lab celebrates these correspondences and contradictions. The work does not intend to function, but playfully and slyly insists that it possibly could.”
Mike began his unusual project on a day like any other, when he found an intact dead beetle. Thinking about how the little bug functioned as a mechanical device, he remembered he had also found an old wristwatch and decided to combine the two. After dissecting the beetle and mounting the mechanical parts, he realized he quite liked his new craft and decided to stick to it.
Now Mike Libby works with all sorts of insects, from scorpions to ordinary beetles and dragonflies. He only works with non-endangered species from all around the world, fitting them with mechanisms from antique watches as well as old typewriter and sewing-machine parts.
Check out Mike Libby’s Insect Lab and feel free to email him if you want to purchase any of his clockwork wonders or place a special order. We look forward to gifting ourselves with one of these awesome little pieces some day…
[via Oddity Central]