spazuk + delhaes use butterfly footprints to create pixelated portrait
 
spazuk + delhaes use butterfly footprints to create pixelated portrait spazuk + delhaes use butterfly footprints to create pixelated portrait
aug 11, 2014

spazuk + delhaes use butterfly footprints to create pixelated portrait

spazuk + delhaes use butterfly footprints to create pixelated portrait
all images courtesy of spazuk-delhaes

 

 

 

spazuk-delhaes launched ‘the monarch project’ in order to develop a self-portrait of and by butterflies. the work is the first venture of the ‘reverence series’, a unique collection of works of art based on the traces left by living creatures, symbolizing the precariousness of animal and plant life on earth. rooted in the concept of biophilia, the set intends to stir viewers’ emotions, to surprise, to raise awareness, as well as to cultivate a sense of respect and wonder toward the natural world.

 


video courtesy of steven spazuk and danielle delhaes

 

 

 

the portrait is born of a passion for the extraordinary insect and the urgency to act to save this species. it involved the collaboration of more than a hundred volunteers across the north american continent. using soot made by lighting a flame below a panel of cardboard, footprints left by thousands of butterflies were respectfully collected within their natural winter habitat of mexico. the resulting printed traces, or ‘entomograms’, were fixed and cut into 1.25 cm pixels exhibiting various shades of grey. the dark and light qualities of each piece were then sorted by hand into different piles according to a key provided by the artists. this assisted the assembly of the squares as they were secured to an orange canvas with entomological pins to create a 150cm by 215cm mosaic.

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
monarch leaving traces on a soot covered board

 

 

 

the artwork and the film are presently displayed at the insectarium of montreal. engaging workshops aiming at developing a consciousness of the plight of the monarchs and the solutions to help conserve this species and its annual migration are presented in the context of the exhibit.

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
results of the process

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
steven spazuk collecting entomograms

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
the butterflies leave traces in the soot

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
cinematographer jean-nicolas orhon at work

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
the cut square pixels

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
more than 100 volunteers contributed to the project

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
15000 square pixels were pinned to create the final work

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
close up

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
danielle delhaes assembling the squares

spazuk delhaes monarch project butterfly portrait reverence
finalizing the transfer of pixels

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

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