Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Butterfly Perspective

Isn't there a conceptual conflict in this sculpture? A butterfly made out of wood? A butterfly is a concept as well as the reality of a flying insect. So what is the essence of a butterfly? Light, color, random flight, short life, all of these and more. Does the sculpture capture any of those concepts? The answer is not simple. The sculpture emphasizes the "form" of a butterfly, not its essence. Isn't this sculpture more a commentary on our societal perceptions today than it is an attempt to capture the essence of a butterfly? Do you think the sculptor thought about any of this? Or is this just my projection of impressions?

1 comment:

  1. It's an intriguing sculpture. It does have an "airy" look, insofar as any sculpture can have one. This appears to be a succulent garden (or to the mind of a mid-westener, a "desert" garden). Perhaps it is there to remind those of us from the "outside" that the desert also teems with life.
    Or perhaps it's there because it is good to look at (which I suspect is what visual art is all about?).