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bugged: michael turner

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Michael Turner sculpts stainless steel, using polish, paint and heat effects to achieve the right finishing touches for his insects.  The beetles in the first image below are a small selection from a London department store window display – one of Turner’s many commissions .  These might be my favorite bugs yet.  Can you imagine?

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Hornet, polished, heat treated steel

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Blue Fly, polished, painted steel

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bugged: robert j. lang

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Look twice at these insects.  They look real, but they aren’t.  They are paper.  Folded paper to be exact. Paper folded from one sheet of paper if you want all the facts.  No cuts.  None. Robert J. Lang is one of the foremost origami artists in the world with a portfolio that boasts much more than insects. It will amaze and delight you. More Lang right here.

 

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Goliath Beetle, paper

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Water Strider, paper

lang_praying_mantisPraying Mantis, paper

Don’t miss Lang’s Ted Talk, Idea + Square = Origami.

Can’t get enough? Everything in this Mitsubishi commercial is paper except the car.  Lang folded the dragon and had help with the rest of the origami set that included hundreds of folded trees.  Must have been a folding frenzy. A team of modelers animated the figures, bringing his dragon to life. Wonderful stuff.

bugged: christopher conte

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Christopher Conte has a cool history…very cool.  Read about his story here and then take a look at more insects and other machine-sculpts here. You can read an interview with the artist on Dark Matter Magazine.

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Steel Widow II, 2009
stainless steel, plated brass and aluminum components
6 ” x 6″ x 2″ high

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Articulated Singer Insect
antique mechanical parts, vintage Singer sewing attachment
8 “x 6″x 4” high

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Steam II Insect, 2009
cast bronze with machined brass and stainless steel
2.5 “high x 6″ x 6”

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