Being a fan of Dune I couldn’t help but have a bit of fun designing what I thought the spice crawlers/harvesters would look like. Given the rough descriptions in the book, I wanted to build upon the beetle-like spice crawler. I opted for a whale shark-like mouth underneath the main body for dredging spice into its abdomen. Here, an array of horizontally mounted centrifuges separate the spice from sand before being expelled from ports in the rear, creating large sand plumes.
I wanted to push bold colors and surface treatments, paying homage to the original designs from Chris Foss and Moebius for Jodorowsky’s Dune, whilst adding visible functional elements to reflect the actual spice harvesting.