June 29th, 2004
A photo documentation of the amazing experiment initiated and created in June 2004 by very good friends of FL@33-founders Agathe and Tomi to reproduce FL@33's Butterfly Pencil Sculpture illustration.
___ The original isometric illustration was created digitally as an A1-sized poster. The virtual pencils in the original illustration were life-size on this poster.
___ For the physical reproduction using real colour pencils they superglued together hundreds of pencils to build the butterfly sculpture – pencil by pencil, layer by layer.
___ The result was astounding and an amazing surprise present. For the first time we could actually touch the butterfly, walk around it and even see the butterfly from the back.
___ The artificial isometric perspective of the original illustration is of course an illusion and can not be physically reproduced exactly to imitate the original – at least not using normal pencils. The physical pencils were glued together at the one and only logical distance – the point where pencil tips optically meet the wooden surounding of the pencils' tip below – exactly as in the original visual. When seen from the side the colour pencil tips formed a line at a 45 degrees angle – again, exactly as in the illustration – and still – inevitably the butterfly had to be distorted.
___ It's May 2013 now that the photo documentation finally found an online home at flat33.com. The final piece has since unfortunately been distroyed. At least we know that the butterfly travelled across Europe before finding its resting place in London. Hopefully we still have this colourful photo documentation.