3D-printed "Death's Head Hawkmoth Skeleton" sculptures, inspired by The Silence of the Lambs


17 Responses to “3D-printed "Death's Head Hawkmoth Skeleton" sculptures, inspired by The Silence of the Lambs”

  1. chellberty says:

    When ever I saw that VHS cover at blockbuster as a kid it creeped me the hell out.

  2. ponzicar says:

    A moth with an endoskeleton. I like it.  I want to see more artwork exploring alternate biologies of real organisms.

    • Joaquin Baldwin says:

      I might make a few more… I was thinking that a cephalopod would look pretty awesome, but I want something that holds a more conceptual background (like the skull here).

      • Ultan says:

         This might look cool in black metal, too. Maybe do it on a wax jewelery printer and cast it in aluminum, then anodize it black? Or silver, with added flat surfaces so that all but the bones could be covered with black enamel? It would make a great brooch.

  3. ArthurS says:

    …very cool…. but, the skull is upside down on your model.

    • Joaquin Baldwin says:

      Thanks, but what do you mean with it being upside down?

      • ArthurS says:

        maybe it is just my imagination, or does the ‘real’ moth in the top photo have an image of a skull that is facing forward, just like the moth itself?

        • Ultan says:

           Honestly, the real moth looks like it has a sheep’s face on it more than a skull. It’s good to make a few tweaks in the art to make it look “right” rather than actually be anatomically accurate.

        • Joaquin Baldwin says:

          Depends on how you want to look at it, the markings are not always the same, but in general they look like a skull with the jaw towards the abdomen. As far as that one picture goes, I never saw it the way you do until you mentioned it.

  4. harpegnathos says:

    Some trivia: the death’s head moths from silence of the lambs were not real death’s heads. The person in charge of the insects for the movie (Ray Mendez, credited as “moth wrangler and stylist”) used a more common moth species and glued the death’s head mask onto these other moths. Incidentally, he is also the person responsible for designing the movie poster for Aliens…

  5. robdobbs says:

    Why are the back wings on backwards?

  6.  Some more trivia:  It’s not even a skull on cover

  7. Rosin Ffield says:

    Wow, pretty cool. They made bat-finger-like skeleton wings :D

    BTW, could someone on Boing Boing write about a science-fiction woman (Elizabeth Moon) bragging on think tanks and on BBC about how she dreams about ALL BABY newborns to be microchipped and barcoded with nazi-like ID number: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eco-fascism-bares-its-teeth-global-warming-alarmist-wants-to-barcode-babies.html

  8. Unconscience says:

    A close up inspection of the ‘death’s head’ moth used for the poster of ‘Silence of the Lambs’ reveals that the moth’s skull is actually the famous image of the naked women posing from Dali’s ‘In Voluptas Mors.’

  9. ITS SO COOL. It leaks female hormones on whoever touches it. Then after a while it gets broken or discarded or maybe kept on a shelf till its owner fades away and Its true owner takes over for the rest of time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch 

  10. Ant says:

    That looks like an owl face on the skin.

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