Spider webs are inherently awesome, but this takes them to a whole new level. New Jersey-based artist Emil Fiore, also known as Rocky, has perfected the art of collecting whole spider webs intact and preserving them behind glass. 

Based in New Jersey, Fiore first learned about catching a web in a children’s craft book and, ever since, the idea has stuck. He has used all kinds of sprays and varnishes to master the preservation of each web in its entirety and his hard work has certainly paid off. Spray painted with silver paint and set behind glass, these striking, silky designs are unique and captivating representations of the wonders of nature.

To collect the webs, Fiore spends his days hunting for spiderwebs in Palisades Parks, New Jersey. From May through October, he catches an average of 20 webs a day, five days a week, which he estimates to be roughly 2,000 in total per year. On average, a spiderweb lasts for only a few hours. So when Fiore comes upon an intact web, it’s an exciting moment. He says, “When I find one, I’m exhilarated. The web shimmers and dances in the sunlight with the slightest breeze. The silk refracts light casting rainbows of color at me. It is a thing of beauty and I wax ecstatic, but the capture demands all my attention. I stop breathing to make the catch and time stops with me. Then the hunt continues.”

Visit Emil Fiore’s website to view more of his awesome spider webs and perhaps even snag one for yourself or an arachnophile friend. We might just do so too.

[via My Modern Metropolis]