A Panoply Of Machine-Animal Hybrids

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These whimsical paintings are the work of San Francisco artist Robert Bowen. It's part of a collection called "Blasphemous Nature" in which animals are mixed with technology in perplexing and provocative ways.

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All images via Robert Bowen. They are published here with permission.

Bowen says this body of work stems from his fascination with animal/machinery hybrids.

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"There are so many unanswered questions I have about them," he told io9. "Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer?"

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"Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off?"

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"Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I'm continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist."

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"Blasphemous Nature" will be on display at Portland's Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.

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More at Bowen's website.

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What? No turtle tanks?! I mean cheesy prog rock bands* from the 70s at least give us armadillo tanks!

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