Unique Steampunk Insects

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Since the late 1990’s style steampunk is becoming more and more popular, and not only in the literature. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by enthusiasts into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style. And often this stylization gives very unexpected results. Like, for example, art works of american sculptor Mike Libby. His studio Insect Lab make robots from dried insects. Insects for his works come from around the world, from Africa, China, New Guinea, Brazil, Texas, etc. Each cog or gear wheel from antique pocketwatches and wristwatches are used as mechanical components. Each small robot from his collection is unique and costs a lot of money – price for the one robot ranges from $600 to $2500.

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43 comments
  1. I’d like to follow your work on Pinterest. How would I do that? You are incredible.

  2. Wow. This defies description – it reminds me of the spy flies in The Golden Compass. Thanks!

  3. I did something with a similar concept a few years back. I created photo illustrations for concept patents of mechanical insects that provide services to society like vaccinations, and communications. I like your version. Very neat sculptures.

    1. I dont like the use of formerly living things to create art in this fasshion. Having said that…the results are beautiful…but sadden me nonetheless.

  4. That’s really something exciting. It seems to me that it’s a new and interesting idea to make robots from dried insects. Good job!!! Great design!

  5. Beautiful Steampunk Designs. I love Mike Libby’s work, simply fantastic!

  6. hi
    i like ur insects. bt can u tell me as an artist which massage u wants give to society to make insects nd why u choose insects for ur sculpture..

  7. I guess I think the bugs look pretty cool on their own and don’t need anything added.

  8. @Tombot – Sorry but the paragraph up top says “His studio Insect Lab make robots from dried insects.” I’m afraid I’ll take Shannon’s side on this one. I guess I think the bugs look pretty cool on their own and don’t need anything added.

  9. I can’t believe one of the above comments think that these are dried insects with motors put in them. No, they are genius design replicating the form of an insect with gears and springs located inside. VERY COOL and I can think of a ton of uses besides fun ones. light weight remote sensing for weather. Fly them into a tornado or a hurricane by the thousands and retrieve priceless data.

  10. Wow 🙂 insects have mechanical structure naturally & fit perfectly with robotics . . cyborg-goggos.

  11. Think of the skills and creativity this must take to come up with the idea and actually pull it through. I’m not at all surprised by the price of these things. Awesome work.

  12. Wow. This defies description – it reminds me of the spy flies in The Golden Compass. Thanks for sharing!

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