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SciArt of the Day: Frog Mech

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© Brian Lindahl

The concept of biomimicry is increasingly popular and useful. Recent advances in robotics are giving us the soft, colour-changing robotic octopus. Concept artist and science fiction illustrator Brian Lindahl took the idea in another direction, with his lonely picture of a heavily armored Swamp Frog Mech standing guard in a marsh. Could it hop out of danger? Swim in closer to the enemy for a stealthy surprise? Conceptual art like Brian’s provides us with a fantastic jumping off point to ask questions about what’s possible.

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Swamp Frog Mech by Brian Lindahl

2012, digital painting. See Brian’s blog post about it here.

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Everyday in September, we’re bringing you new science-art at the start of the day. How would these images be useful for science communication? STEM education? Enticing people to learn more about science? Do they inspire you or frustrate you? Let us know below!

Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at www.glendonmellow.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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