50 Butterflies

Submitted by Priscilla Robinson

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Client: Mt. Prospect Public Library

Location: Mt. Prospect Public Library, IL, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Artist

Priscilla Robinson

Art Consultant

Blythe Lee

Corporate Artworks

Overview

The artwork was commissioned to create a piece for the check out area of this library in the Chicago area. A colorful wall sculpture was needed to accent the island of a wide wall surrounded by the visually busy shelves of books. The units read as butterflies but are also remindful of books, opened at the seam.

Goals

The goal was to create a colorful textured wall sculpture repeating the materials of books in a new way. Handmade paper cast with textures joined like a book binding but with half circles instead of rectangles.

Process

Once the size of the footprint on the wall was determined, the number of units was calculated. An impact from a distance was created with larger units instead of many smaller ones. Each unit was saturated with acrylic paint. The piece is 39” x 12 ft.

Colors were inspired by the library’s logo. Textures varied from plant and abstract motifs to occasional lines of poetry.