Tasha Lewis is a talented guerilla artist or street artist who’s spent the last month working on her most recent project, “The Butterfly Swarm.” Basically, she’s been traveling the country to install hundreds of ephemeral butterflies onto metal objects in public urban spaces. Her work has been spotted throughout various cities of her home state of Indiana, as well as Chicago and throughout cities of Pennsylvania. What’s so beautiful about this project is that these butterflies add life and vitality to otherwise the most mundane objects, without defacing them or causing any damage. Here’s a list of some of these objects that get used as her canvas:
- electric boxes
- telephone poles
- recycling bins
- iron or steel sculptures
In her words,
“My intent is solely to transform and revive art in an urban public space. I hope that my project has a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with the metal sculptures on which I install.”
Each of her butterflies was made by printing double-sided cyanotypes directly onto fabric. After cutting each of the images out by hand, she then stiffens them with glue before sewing a small but very powerful magnet on the butterfly bodies. The amount of time involved for creating just one butterfly is mind-blowing. Yet, this girl creates hundreds of them and used them in each of her installations. Also, what I love about her work is the variety in the patterns of butterflies she uses – as well as the multiple sizes. Some are large, small, bright, dark. Some have their wings opened, some are closed. In combination, next to one another, they all look to be different from one another – posed as if time stood still for that moment, capturing them in their stance, just as they would appear in nature. Above all though, the blue and white motif – it’s serene, calming and has just enough contrast to show the various patterns, without creating a busy or chaotic scene.