Artist gives old computer parts renewed purpose by turning them into intricate insect sculptures

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 23 April 2015

They say that ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, but in this case, one man’s broken circuit board is another woman’s bug sculpture. In her series ‘Computer Component Bugs’, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell breathes new life into old and unwanted computer parts by recycling them into beautiful high-tech insects.

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Artist encourages fly larvae to build themselves solid gold shells

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Closely related to Lepidoptera (that’s moths and butterflies), the caddis fly is a rather unremarkable insect with a remarkable talent for creativity. In its larval stage, a caddis fly creates an artificial carapace for itself using any materials to hand, normally bits of wood and stone. Using its specialised saliva that hardens into a strong mortar-like substance, the caddis larvae pieces together a hard outer shell to protect its soft body until it can metamorphose into its avian adult stage.

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Ugh, macro shots of bugs eating the hell out of each other

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 11 January 2014

Thanks to Wired, which singled out this enticingly set of macro photographic shots by Singapore-based photographer Nicky Bay showing the gory details of creepy crawlies tucking in greedily onto other creepy crawlies, we will now have to look forward to getting a disturbed night’s rest interrupted by full-fledged nightmares of bugs eating bugs.

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Bugs making love, literally

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 27 November 2012

We spied this picture of two red damselflies elsewhere and tracked it down to Flickr member Westpark, who has even more pictures of bugs over at his page. So what we’ve learnt is that insects and humans may not speak the same language, but we both get what the <3 symbol means. Go figure.

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Paintings of insects using book covers as the canvas

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Art on Friday 4 May 2012

Seeing things in nature that we generally not notice, Bristol-based artist Rose Sanderson creates paintings of insects using book covers as her canvas. Inspired by the study of insects and strange creatures, what others may find disgusting, she finds beautiful. This series of works opens up on how fragile life is through her use of mixed media that portrays decay. She intends for us to appreciate life, whether it be ours or everything wonderful nature offers.

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