Chicago-based artist Justin Gershenson-Gates’ major passion is the transformation of old rusty mechanical parts into realistic little creatures and jewellery. In his “A Mechanical Mind” series, he presents us with elaborate, realistic, somewhat scary, but all in all elegant and beautiful spiders, flies, praying mantises, and other flying and crawling beings.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Gershenson-Gates’ father was a gearhead and his grandfather was a railroad man. This led to a childhood surrounded with mechanical goodies and to an interest in tearing toys, gears, and other such things apart.

My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass,” says Gershenson-Gates. ”My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

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