The Infinite Butterflies series is an exploration of the tension between industry and nature. Because of its unique life experience, starting as one animal and going through a process of almost complete disappearance to become a different animal, the butterfly is a symbol of faith and the impermanence of life. When situated between two parallel facing mirrors that create a repeating reflection, the repetition of each butterfly signifies not only layers of change but also serves as evidence of the endless perspectives that comprise existence and the ultimate harmony encompassing them all.
Each butterfly is created using humanely collected real butterfly or moth wings and a cast metal body plated in gold.
Infinity mirror framing created by Coup Studio.
Available at Jean de Merry in New York and Los Angeles, Coup D'Etat in San Francisco, CA, and R. Hughes in Atlanta, GA
JURIEN BAY GALAXY
The Jurien Bay Galaxy infinity mirror, named for an area off the coast of Australia where leafy seadragons reside, focuses on the comparable mysteries of outer space and the sea. Included in the landscape are leafy seadragons and octopus flowers made from dried flowers, metal, and clay that create a reef at the edge of the world. 5,000 crystal beads are used in conjunction with two parallel facing mirrors to create repeating reflections that give the impression of millions of stars or sea bubbles pointing to the similarly alien and vastly unknown contents of the Earth’s oceans and deep space.
Available at Jean de Merry in Los Angeles, CA and Coup D'Etat in San Francisco, CA
THE PATH OF THE WHITE BUTTERFLY
Imagine you are standing in the midst of a Chinese meadow comprised of different flowering trees, bushes, and grasses with a light breeze blowing. Above you fly thousands of brightly colored butterflies frolicking on the wind toward a large swarm of butterflies in the distance.
The nine infinity boxes around the room form one continuous Chinese meadow. Starting in the outermost boxes on each side of the room and working toward the center, the butterflies begin as flower buds on each branch. As they work their way up the branches, they bloom a second time into actual butterflies and fly off into the air to catch the wind that is blowing toward the swarm in the middle of the room.
In the West wall corner box, we follow the white butterfly as it ventures toward the North wall corner box to forge a path through a swarm heading in the opposite direction; creating a sense that the entire room is the story of the white butterfly as it journeys through the meadow.
Each butterfly is crafted using real butterfly wings, as is each flower bud. The branches used are an assortment of different real tree trunks and branches that have been painted. All butterflies used in this installation were raised on butterfly farms around the world and died naturally.