An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

Today is an amazing day — extraordinary stories just keep on coming and there doesn’t seem to be the end of it. I thought the one of the tree that produces 40 different types of fruit would carry the day — and it still may — but this one is a strong contender.

So, French artist Hubert Duprat┬áhad a thought after observing and learning about the way caddisflies larvae build their temporary aquatic cocoons. The creatures, he found out, excrete silk from their salivary glands to be used as mortar to stick together almost every available material into a comfy tube. In a few weeks’ time, a fully developed caddisfly emerges from it and flies away, going about its business.

Well, Mr. Duprat thought, what would happen if a caddisfly encountered a fleck of gold in its patch of river and used it to build a cocoon? Moreover, what if the creature had only gold and precious stones to build with?

Amazingly, the artist proceeded to collaborate with the tiny insects, giving them small aquariums of gold, turquoise and pearls to see what they would do with them. Naturally, the larvae used the available material to construct their homes. From o human view point, however, they became jewelers.

Trichoptères is how Mr. Duprat named the resulting series and it is now on display at Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. Unfortunately, Tasmania is a bit too far for me, but I hope the artist and his work will make their way to the U.S. at some point. (Scroll down for the video.)

1. Trichoptera (caddis larva) building case (studio view), 1980-2000. Material: Gold, pearls, turquoise. Length: 2.5 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art: Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

2. Trichoptera (caddis larva) building case (studio view), 1980-2000. Material: Gold, pearls, turquoise. Length: 2.5 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art: Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

3. Trichoptera larva with case, 1980-2000. Material: gold and pearls. Dimension: 0.5 x 1.9 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

4. Trichoptera larva with case, 1980-2000. Material: gold and pearls. Dimension: 0.5 x 1.9 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art: Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

5. Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

6. Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

7. Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

8. Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

9. Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

10. Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

11. Trichoptera (caddis larva). Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

12. Trichoptera (caddis larva). Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

An Artist Gave Gold And Pearls To A Team Of Larvae To Work On. He Did Not Regret It. WOW!

And here is the video:

Sources: Museum of Old and New Art, Fabrice Gousset.

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