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Mixed media kinetic sculpture, 1.3m x 15cm diameter.

Flies pollinate more plants than bees, the help remove rubbish, dead bodies and excrement from our lives

The humble fly is a great boon to society, but like all boons it has a few busts. There are lots of flies, an estimated 1,000,000 species of mosquitoes, gnats, midges and others, although only an eighth (about 120,000 species) have been studied. It is one of the major insect orders both in terms of ecological and human (medical and economic) importance. There are about 17 quadrillion flies in the world.

The origin of this piece was one particular year in the studio. The studio opens onto the back of a restaurant, the owner was very penny pinching and did not empty his bins as often as he should, so every time they were opened to put more waste in a cloud of black flies would rise up. We are on the first floor so they would then come straight into the studio.

We tried all sorts of things to get rid of them pennies in bags of water, extreme violence, rolled up copies of Socialist Workers and file papers, available from the pound shop. In the end a fly curtain on the door was the most effective remedy, subsequently the owner brought in a manager for the the place and the problem disappeared. But for most of that year we were inundated with flies, most of which ended up stuck on fly papers, which are very indiscriminate, they don't care what they kill.

I would like to thank Cris Thompson for the 3D printing of the fly bodies, he can be found at www.3dmigos.net