Appreciation for natural design and ecological conservation drive Oregon artist Christopher Marley. He travels the world to find and preserve wildlife in his prisms, mosaics, and other patterned compositions.
The insects in this work of art are real, and have not been dyed, painted, or otherwise altered in color. Each has been legally acquired or imported following international, U.S., and state regulations where applicable. The insects are farmed or collected in nature using lights, nets, and fermented fruits. Collecting insects is an important part of conserving wild populations, allowing entomologists to study bugs, understand how they interact with their environments, and learn how best to protect them against the loss of their habitats. This work aims to make insects more enjoyable to people who dislike insects and to preserve threatened species for future generations.