EDITORS NOTE THIS STORY REPLACES 3065 WHICH WAS WITHDRAWN This hermit crab is living in Tokyo. This one is in Santorini. Often these small crustaceans use salvaged shells, rocks, wood or sometimes even garbage to live in. But thanks to Japanese artist Aki Inomata, they now have bespoke homes shaped to resemble famous places and architecture. The crabs can now move to different cities from all over the world, and exchange homes, she says. Inomata uses 3-D printing to make outer shells for the crabs. Her project is called "Why Not Hand Over a 'Shelter' to Hermit Crabs" and explores issues surrounding migration and national identity. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) ARTIST, AKI INOMATA, SAYING: "Hermit crabs, carrying a part from a different creature on their back, happen to be identified by their shells, rather than themselves. I thought this was similar to the fact that I am Japanese, but I could change my nationality to French, and so I aimed to incorporate these ideas into these pieces." This is not the first time Inomata used animals in her projects... one included clothes made for her dog out of her hair, and a coat for herself made from her dog's hair.
A HOUSE FOR HERMIT CRAB by Eric Carle on Vimeo
Suumo is a large real estate listings company that, for a change, found a completely new target group: hermit crabs. In case you didn’t know, hermit crabs are apparently famous for their habit of house-moving as they keep changing their home throughout their life as they grow. The crabs are having increased difficulty in finding new homes, though, as they usually inhabit shells that wash up on the shore. Japan is suffering from ‘shell shortage’ as the environment is changing.
A story reading of Eric Carle's classic "A House for Hermit Crab"
Together, the real estate listings company and the marine biologists came up that would serve as new homes for the hermit crabs. Careful attention was placed on the shell so that they were both light, comfortable but also environmentally friendly. The shells were made from potato starch and have zero impact on the environment.
A House for Hermit Crab ~ Eric Carle - YouTube