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squirmy art

From BBC:

Hundreds of maggots have been rescued from their fate as fishing bait and used to paint images by experts at the University of Manchester.

The blowfly larvae created abstract works of art for a festival about insects on London’s South Bank.

Children taking part in university workshops daubed the creatures with paint and let them loose on canvas.

Modern versions of Jackson Pollock’s famous “action paintings” were created by the maggots, according to Dr Matthew Cobb, from the university.

Dr Cobb, who bought the unlikely artists from a fishing tackle shop, said: “We wanted to show children and grown-ups that maggots are cute and not scary and that they can make amazing patterns.

Read the full article and see more pictures of the insect art.

The paint covered maggots following coloured lights to create the work.
The paint covered maggots following coloured lights to create the work.

Interesting factoid: The first maggot artwork was recorded as being performed in Hawaii in 2001.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.