Shedding its cocoon, the butterfly is a strong symbol of rebirth, thus the butterfly is entrenched in many myths and legends around the world about immortality. In many eastern cultures, the color blue also is a symbol of immortality and is used to represent life. As to contrast the subtle meanings behind this butterfly, the word eLife’ radiates from the butterfly’s very core. This elegant butterfly, highlighted with blue and browns, states clearly that this beautiful creation represents life.
The basic frame of the butterfly is created using tin, which is powder-coated with a black finish and makes this piece safe to use outdoors. The edges of the frame are reinforced using thicker tin wire. The front of this piece is adorned in areas with capiz shell, an oyster native to the Philippines, before being hand-painted and sealed with a water-based sealant. The primary purpose of this oyster to provide a source of food, however, the shell is a sustainable by-product that can be used for decoration. The capiz shell subtly replicates the reflective qualities of butterflies in nature. The entire piece is lightweight and has an eyelet in the back allowing it to be hung using a finishing nail, command strip, or a push pin.
Due to it being a natural material, the organic colors of capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint.