Fabre created a dazzling masterpiece mosaic on the ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors. It took Fabre and over 20 assistants three months to apply swirls of beetle carapaces to the ceiling and niches.
Over 1.5 million Jewel Beetle wings were used to cover the space. The elytra, or forewings, are actually a by-product of the Thai food industry. The beetle grubs are served as food, and the elytra are thrown away. Well, in this case, used as artwork.
And Fabre is not the only artist to appreciate these iridescent colors. . .
Artist Susan Tooker features beetle art in her Etsy shop, OliviasOubliette. She says, “The wings make a wonderful tinkling sound when worn!”
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