Better fly, Butterfly! (3) Winged Sculptures
A couple of weeks ago, my family and I cruised Orchard Road to check out the “Christmas on A Great Street” display of lights. As we got to the end of Orchard, I saw this amazing metal artwork displayed in the window of Bruno Gallery at Tanglin Place. It was a wall sculpture of human silhouettes with a multitude of butterflies in the foreground.
When we got home, I searched “Bruno Gallery Singapore” and found out that the piece was by an artist named David Gerstein, one of Israel’s most famous modern artists. Wow, I salute the powers of the internet search engines, for as sure as you have a question in mind, an answer is out there waiting for you.
So I thought I would include butterfly sculptures in this week’s post on these winged beauties. I have also added art by two more sculptors.
Sculpture, 63″ x 44″
aluminum (found cans), wire, soot 46” x 50” x 11”;
From the collection of Microsoft Corporation, Fargo, ND
“As the butterflies alight on the walls of my studio, they lead into an exploration of formal, painterly issues. Often, they want to gather into a certain shape, or fly off on a particular tangent, and I let them. They function both as marks in these abstract, three-dimensional “paintings,” and as actors in curious narratives. Some pieces develop a quirky, magic-realist quality, as if a strange child has trained the insects to perform some ritual dance we are not usually privy to. Finally, the butterflies operate symbolically, and I try to develop a conceptual unity between materials, process, and imagery: metamorphosing littered beer cans into flocks of butterflies mirrors the act of transformation and rebirth that butterflies symbolize across all cultures.”- Paul Villinski
Learn more about the artist Paul Villinski
“Book of Life”
Artist David Kracov was commissioned to create an award to be given in honor of, and named for, the late director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl.
Called the “Book Of Life,” it was inspired by the extraordinary life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik, a man who saved thousands of children’s lives from the devastating effects of the Chernobyl disaster. The metal sculpture has pages filled with words from those he touched, and also features a flurry of butterflies, each representing the 2,547 children he helped save and give new lives.
“I tell of hearts and souls and dances…
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly.”