The grandson of a railroad man and the son of a gearhead, artist Justin Gershenson-Gates has been surrounded by mechanical things from his early childhood. Now, all grown up, he is still passionate about tearing mechanical gadgets apart and making something new and fascinating out of them. That’s how his “A Mechanical Mind” sculpture series came to life.

His little spiders, flies, scorpions, and praying mantises look amazingly realistic, except for their steampunk spirit. The ghostly little creatures are impressively detailed and seem ready to jump out of the picture any minute.

My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass,” esplains 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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