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These Walls Are Crawling with Insect Art

by Conner Flynn
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There’s something buggy about this room. If your skin isn’t crawling yet, it will be once you see the work of Jennifer Angus. This artist has come up with a unique way to decorate those bright pink walls you see here. It makes the space look like it’s covered in wallpaper, but a closer inspection would reveal that the patterns on the wall are made of actual bugs.

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This is an actual bug infested room at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. It’s part of its debut exhibition, WONDER. Yeah, it makes me wonder how the heck anyone could actually be in that room and not get creeped out.It looks amazing, but also super creepy. It took about 5000 weevils, green stag beetles, cicadas, and other insects to complete it.The gallery had previously closed for renovations but will be back, chock full of bugs on November 13. You can see it until July 10th, 2016. That’s when it bugs out.

Photo: Ron Blunt

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Photo: Ron Blunt


The gallery had previously closed for renovations but will be back, chock full of bugs on November 13. You can see it until July 10th, 2016. That’s when it bugs out.

Photo: Ron Blunt

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Photo: Ron Blunt

In case you are wondering, these bugs were not mass murdered for this project. They come from sustainable and ecologically-sound sources, and are re-used by the artist for each installation. Each species the artist uses are very abundant in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. Thankfully we don’t see these bugs in the US. They look scary as hell.

Photo: Ron Blunt

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Photo: Ron Blunt

Photo: Ron Blunt

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Photo: Ron Blunt

[via Slate via Mental Floss]

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