Perhaps you had a hermit crab as a pet when you were a kid, picking one out and carrying it home from some boardwalk surf shop in a plastic box filled with sand and shells. And I bet your hermit crab lived in a dull, boring shell and barely moved around its cage. Now imagine your pet sporting one of these lovely urban-inspired shelters by Japan-based artist Aki Inomata.
Inomata’s collection of hermit crab shells (spotted on PSFK, via Just Say Jolie) is inspired not only by the famous architectural landscapes of major international cities — the collection is also a commentary on nationality and the ownership of land. “I overheard that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009; that it was to become Japanese for the following fifty years, and then be returned to France,” Inomata Article source: http://flavorwire.com/405906/hermit-crabs-wear-pieces-of-art-inspired-by-metropolitan-landscapes