“Guerilla” art, better known as street art, is often done anonymously in public spaces with a goal to either send a message or merely add some color to an otherwise drab space. Guerilla art comes in many forms — it can be yarn-, lace-, or moss- bassed (you can check out one here), but this particular art piece fascinates us because they are 400 handmade butterflies. This butterfly sculpture is by Indianapolis-based artist Tasha Lewis is a continuing effort to explore a photographic processing technique, cyanotype, while simultaneously beautifying a space without defacing it. Oh, and she’s also calling attention to the monarch butterfly, an endangered species.
Why is this art installation an Eco Monday feature? It’s because Tasha Lewis makes every single one of the butterflies with recycled materials, outfitted with a small hidden magnet that will allow them to stick to any metal surface without defacing them.
Usually, she creates these art installations in or around Indianapolis (which makes sense, due to her location.) Her latest project featured on her Tumblr, featured here, is an installation at a church in downtown Kona, Hawaii. Hopefully, she will be able to reach other urban spaces soon! I will leave work just to see one anywhere in New York City.
See photos below (all photos © Tasha Lewis):
What do you think of Tasha Lewis’s Guerilla butterfly sculpture?
[via Tree Hugger]