Jennifer Angus’ Spectacular Wallpaper Comprised of 5,000 Bugs

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Artist Jennifer Angus has produced a site-specific installation that lines hot pink walls with 5,000 real insects. Appropriately titled “In the Garden,” she uses their bodies to produce an intricate, ornamental wallpaper that features iridescently-colored stag beetles, cicadas, and other bugs that are the size of a human fist. Together, these southeast Asia-based creatures form skulls and decorative motifs, their shocking colors and bodies left unaltered for viewers to marvel at their wings and veins.

real bugs arranged in the shape of a skull by jennifer angus close up of decorative bug pattern
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skull, real bug, jennifer angus entire "in the garden" installation by jennifer angus jennifer angus installing her work on the wall
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