Can you believe these colorful mesh sculptures are actually spiderwebs? Chicago native Anthony Michael Simon first discovered the artistry of the silk-producing arachnids while trekking through a forest in Korea, where he is currently based, looking for a location for his next sculptural art installation. He came across a huge spiderweb and it somehow clicked in his mind that he could catch spiders and have them naturally spin their webs in his studio. Lucky for us, it worked out!
Simon initially made the move to Korea in the hopes of being creatively inspired by a different setting and culture. He never anticipated the surge of creativity to spawn from a spider. The works are truly exceptional in their construction and preservation. The artist sprays a protective coating on the fragile webs, holding the network of fine threads together and adding color. The multihued netted structures are each held up by plastic rods, allowing the spectator to view the intricacies of each piece's intersecting lines. The fluorescent colors also add an otherworldly pop.
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