‘Heaven of Delight’

Architecture & Interiors

1.6 million Buprestidae shells were glued to the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels. The project is by artist Jan Fabre and his team of 30 beetle-gluers.

The jewel beetles were obtained from universities and connections
Fabre had in the open market. They are a non-protected species that are
abundant in certain countries like Thailand where the beetle is fried
and eaten. It took four months to complete.

Jan Fabre on his creation:

As far as the ceiling is concerned, I first created a
wide variety of forms and patterns by gluing beetles onto small
surfaces. Then I told my 29 assistants that they could start inventing
forms, knowing full well what they would come up with. This process
allowed me to discover who was good at what type of pattern. Once I had
this information, I could assign different areas of the ceiling to
different assistants.

Check out more of his work here




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