Beer Can Butterflies
Paul Villinski really has something here. He investigates the premise of metamorphosis by recycling beer cans found in the streets of New York into lovely creatures, like butterflies (also birds and flying machines.) I’ve never seen a better use for beer cans than flocks of butterflies in various situations. I’m partial to the possibility of recycling awareness these sculptures create as well (very proactive-save the earth and all that.)
What is he exploring? I think he’s looking at and pointing out what can really be made of something useless, dirty, and ugly. Just because something has been discarded doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful (even the butterfly starts as a caterpillar and makes a miraculous transformation, after all.) The fact that these cans were found in the streets of New York, where you might find a homeless person or a stray animal, and made over into art forms really makes you think.