In his Insect Lab Studio, sculptor Mike Libby customizes real insects with parts from antique pocketwatches and electronic components from old circuit boards. Here, he describes how the idea first came to him:
One day I found a dead intact beetle. I then located an old wristwatch, thinking of how the beetle also operated and looked like a little mechanical device and so decided to combine the two. After some time dissecting the beetle and outfitting it with watch parts and gears, I had a convincing little cybernetic sculpture. I soon made many more with other found insects and have been exploring and developing the theme ever since.