Creepy Crawlies – Sand Sculpting Australia : Part 2

02/28/2011 at 5:28 AM (Art, Sculpture) (, , , , , , )

13. Little Miss Muffet was cool on top of a spider:

 

Little Miss Muffet exhibit at Creepy Crawlies

Copyright: Sarasi Peiris

The sculpture is based on the nursery rhyme of the same name. It was first printed in 1805 in a book called ‘Songs for the Nursery.’ The sculpted Miss Muffet however is sitting on a Jumping Spider and not on a tuffet. Did you know it can jump up to 40 times its own body length? To identify them, pay attention to the eye pattern. They have four pairs of eyes with large pair of eyes in the middle.

14. Alice and the Caterpillar were chilling with the Cheshire Cat:

Alice and the Caterpillar at Creepy Crawlies

Copyright: Sarasi Peiris

Well, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland won an Academy Award in art direction during its 83rd Anniversary – just saw it on TV about two hours ago. There is a hookah smoking caterpillar here with Alice and the Cheshire Cat nearby.

Caterpillars are the larvae of the Lepidoptera family of insects such as butterflies and moths. Because caterpillars are soft-bodied, slow movers, predators find them to be an easy target. To protect themselves, caterpillars use several methods like eyespots, poison, foul odours and camouflage. Despite being puny creatures, these guys have 4000 muscles while we humans only have 629.

15. Roach Motel was a literal translation – just made from sand:

Roach Motel exhibit at Creepy Crawlies

Copyright: Sarasi Peiris

Cockroaches usually are disliked by most people because of their preference for scurrying around in and consuming rotten food and other garbage. But these fellows can actually go without food for a month and hold their breath for up to 40 minutes. Kind of impressive. Because its brain is scattered throughout its body rather than being in the head is why cockroaches can run around for a week before thirstiness kills them.

16. Ant Farm based on a recreation of the Farmville game from Facebook:

Ant Farm exhibit at Creepy Crawlies

Copyright: Sarasi Peiris

Have you watched Antz or A Bug’s Life? Those are some cute movies featuring ant colonies. Large colonies mostly consist of ¬†sterile, female ‘workers’ and ‘soldiers’, fertile male ‘drones’ and fertile female ‘queens’. They have great organisation skills and are social creatures. The only landmass that has no ants is Antarctica and some remote islands.

17. Frogs Galore was a surprising choice:

Frogs Galore exhibit at Creepy Crawlies

Copyright: Sarasi Peiris

They made it into the display of creepy crawlies because their quick movement, the way they can camouflage and the feel of their skin. Besides their diet is on insects such as bugs and flies and sometimes worms. Most frogs evolve after hatching from eggs as tadpoles. When the tadpoles grow, they lose their tails and grow the legs that allow them to perform jumping feats. Find more information on frogs here.

If you are in Melbourne and are interested in going, you are in luck. It’s open until April 2011 near Frankston pier.

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3 Comments

  1. opticbard said,

    Wow, it’s amazing to think those were made out of sand. Makes me wonder how they can last for over a month. It also makes me jealous, here in Canada it’s -20 degrees Celsius outside.

    Nice job getting shadow detail in the photos, in what looks like a bright sunny day.

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    • leadinglight said,

      The sand is not like beach sand. It’s heavier and easier to balance layers on is what I understood at the exhibit. Each grain is ‘square’ so it kind of works like building blocks. Beach sand is ’round’.

      It can last because it is sprayed with a solution that gives them a water resistant coating.

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  2. Kim said,

    Awesome sculptures!

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