Butterflies - Small

The Butterflies tower is based on the “butterflies” design by one of my favourite artists, MC Escher (1898-1972). Escher is probably most well known for his seemingly impossible black and white drawings such as Castle in the Sky, Balcony, Waterfall, Relativity and Belvedere.

Escher is one of the great artists who managed to combine symbolism and fantasy with real life.  Many of his works depict natural objects in an unnatural way and yet they are compelling to look at and excite our eye.

I chose to use Escher’s “butterflies” because butterflies to me convey a beauty of form, bursting forth with such colour and force from their cocoons. They are light and graceful and when used in the right way can create real beauty in art.  With this piece I wanted to convey the feeling of freedom, just like the freedom I imagine could be felt by the butterflies as they move from their restrictive cocoons and into the wide blue skies.

It was challenging to use and adapt Escher’s original design to suit my application.  In particular I needed to recreate the geometric pattern to suit the edges of the top of the towers. 

I initially experimented with tubing the design on to the butterfly towers but found that it made the butterflies lose some of their crispness and clarity. Tubing them also seemed to give them the appearance of being less graceful and ethereal.  For this reason I decided to execute all the detail with a brush.

Recommended retail price £960 inc. VAT.

The small towers are 9.25” high by 4” wide at the base and 2.5 wide at the top (all measurements are approximate).

 

 

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