I Spy Art All Around Me: Butterflies
This collection of butterflies was created as a site specific installation for the Smallest Museum in St Paul. To the right of the Workhorse Coffee Bar’s front door, tucked into the facade of the building, is a vintage fire-hose cabinet, viewable from the sidewalk. This cabinet has been transformed into a 2 foot x 3 foot micro-museum. The Smallest Museum in St Paul fosters community engagement through art, to inspire discourse, and establish The Smallest Museum in St Paul as a destination for art enthusiasts and happen-stance side-walk traffic alike. This project promotes curiosity and appreciation for people and place.
These butterflies are made from origami-folded wrapping paper. The patterns on the paper were created from photos I took while standing on the sidewalk in front of the Smallest Museum in St Paul. I shot photos of everyday things: a light rail train, traffic signs, and brick patterns on buildings. Each photo was transformed into a repeating symmetrical pattern, printed on heavy wrapping paper and folded into a butterfly, showing the art you can find in unexpected places.