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2012 ArtPrize Entry

An experimental sculpture. Bright light is produced. Some light filters through a stainless steel vertical mesh screen on the sides, resulting (I hope) in Moire patterns on the butterflies/moths wings. Most light is projected through the top cover and into hundreds of spherical lenses that project the light in and out of themselves. Horizontally, three imagination induced butterflies/moths in primary colors; symbolically, feed on light, the source of all color. Essentially, it is Op-art with three levels of awareness, and a green building design.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: about 9 feet
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: about 9 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: about 3 feet

Venue & Connection Information

Need about 100 square feet of space. Need an electrical 120 volt outlet, within a reasonable distance. Can be installed outside or inside. If inside, need about a 10+ foot ceiling, and room center. Needs walk around room on all sides. Depending on location, it will have up to 60k c.p., at about 6000+ K.. It is quite weather proof (in case of storms), and UV resistant. If sat or climbed upon, it will probably break. This uses some recycled material. Presently, I have made the butterflies, and am in the process of covering them. (see photo) and the center needs to be made yet. I have the materials to complete everything by the Sept. 19, deadline. The exception is the lights, which will not be ordered until the venue is determined. It will generate minimal heat. It will be G.F.I. protected.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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