by Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 27 July 2013

When Japanese artist Aki Inomata overheard that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and that it was to be Japanese for the next fifty years and then returned to France, she thought of how land can be transferred from one country to another.

Next, she thought about hermit crabs. So she decided to construct some shelters for hermit crabs and get them to move into their new homes. ‘The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders.

Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely,’ she wrote on her site. Fascinating.