Shanghai artist transforms bugs into steampunk art

A Chinese artist has been transforming insects into steampunk works of art, as footage from his Shanghai studio on Thursday shows. Zhang Yuebai, the artist, starts with a dead insect and removes its innards before soaking it in chemical preservatives. After this, he then drills holes through the exoskeleton and can start outfitting the body with parts scavenged from watches and jewellery. Zhang... Еще says the lengthy process means it can take weeks to complete a single piece. The artist also creates normal specimen pieces for other insect collectors, but says he wishes more people in China were aware of and appreciated the steampunk aesthetic. Steampunk designs typically combine elements based around Victorian-era steam power and often heavily feature mechanical and clockwork details. Although originating as a literary sub-genre of science fiction, artistic styles and fashion inspired by the genre have proliferated since its birth in the late 1980s.

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