For every crab a shelter, is what Japanese artist Aki Inomata must have been thinking when she started the 3D printing project Why Not Hand Over a Shelter to Hermit Crabs? For her art project a shelter isn’t just a shelter; she created complete little cityscapes as a shelter for the hermit crabs.
The participating crabs carry the world on their shoulders, but they seem to really like it. Inomata used a 3D printer to create glass shelters with cityscapes for the homeless crabs. The “philanthropist” used the architecture of cities like New York, Tokyo, Bangkok and more to finish the look of the shelter.
The idea behind this project is that crabs need a new, larger home when they outgrow their shells. The artist draws a parallel to the human world, because humans need to migrate or find shelter in a new city as well. It perfectly explains the cityscapes on the shelter.
The crabs really seem to enjoy their new homes, as you can see in the video Inomata made of this project. The view of the crabs carrying their new homes is sweet, but no one can deny seeing a crab carrying a glass city also looks kind of hilarious. Of course – in a good way.
Do you want to know what it looks like to see a crab searching for a way to get into his new home? Then check out the video Why Not Hand Over a Shelter to Hermit Crabs? by Aki Inomata: