Mike Libby’s Insect Lab

Steampunk is full of wondrous contradictions. It stands at the crossroads of science fiction and fact, the man-made and natural, and forges a unique subculture from the ensuing chaos.

And that’s precisely why I love Mike Libby’s art:

(c) 2008 Mike Libby

That’s an actual exoskeleton of a dragonfly that has been modified with watch parts and other minute pieces of technology to give this specimen a unique, Steampunk flair. Add to this amazing art the knowledge that the collection of insect specimens was incredibly popular during the Victorian times, and you have the basis for some truly outstanding home decor!

Mike Libby has individual specimens for sale here. While they are not cheap, their ability to impress and the singular nature of these works insure the wisdom of this art investment. Animal lovers will be happy to know that he uses only non-endangered specimens for his work. And, like all of my favorites artists, Libby does unique designs for those customers with personal desires and ideas for a commission. Spectacular!

Admire the work but don’t have the budget to purchase an original of Libby’s? Consider a print of your favorite modified creature.

I’ve honestly never seen anything quite like Libby’s work, and at such stunning detail. He is clearly a master craftsman who understands the important connection between science fiction and science fact.

3 comments on “Mike Libby’s Insect Lab

  1. […] animals that have been modified to give them a more mechanized appearance. It reminds me of Mike Libby’s work with the insects I covered last month. Ms. Black, however, seems to have a preference (although not […]

  2. […] I’d love to see Mike Libby team up with Mr. Yamauchi. It would be amazing to see what they two of them could create […]

  3. […] seen some impressive modifications and sculptures of animals. From Lisa Black’s taxidermy to Mike Libby’s Insect Lab, there’s so much potential for the combination of organic and inorganic elements of Steampunk […]

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