Junkbot insects from a metalworker in Afghanistan

Noah sez, "I thought you would appreciate these giant insects made from repurposed materials (including vehicle parts and bits of a blown up toolbox) by metalworker Ben Marcacci, who is currently at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan."

Noah is correct.

I started making these types of piece's when I relocated to Camp dwyer (Aug 2011), I had the equipment and scrape material to do so, prior to Dwyer I traveled from base to base. Not being able to work with my first love (metal work) I found myself drawing more and more , but I like 3D, I like building things...so my skills for creating sculpture morphed into collecting "found objects" (soda tab, lock washers, o-rings, AFG coins) and I would build jewelry (mainly earrings) I gave a pair to my girlfriend and sisters, and the they wanted MORE... I continued to make them and I started cannibalizing items I would find in Local afghan bazaars. I'm currently working on a 3rd generation earring.

Giant (Upcycled) Metal Arachnids & Insects in Afghanistan (Thanks, Noah!)



  1. Next time some new recruits come in, he should have these sat near the gate, with a bunch of guys pretending to service and check them for deployment.

  2. THIS IS SO COOL! not only because you are my brother but because you have found a way to feed your creative soul.  your art creates a distraction for our service men and women and invokes reactions that that they typically would not experience. love you!

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