Japanese artist Aki Inomata created a series of 3D-printed hermit crab homes after learning that the land under the French Embassy in Tokyo changed from being French to being Japanese in 2009 and would subsequently change back in 2059. The exchange reminded her of a hermit crab changing its shell and so she set out to illustrate this idea with actual hermit crabs. The more she thought about it, the more she was intrigued by how modern life often mimics this exchange as people move freely between countries, adopting new nationalities and identities as they go.

Aki Inomata's work can be found on her online portfolio.


For the third year running, we are turning September into a month-long celebration of science artists by delivering a new morsel of sciart to chew on each day. Totally yum? Check out what was previously featured on this day:

2013: Dress so Chic you Can See it From Space with artwork by Slow Factory



2012: Arach-Attack! with artwork by Marlin Peterson