SWARM THE WORLD!
IF ANY OF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS,
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Artist Tasha Lewis created a year-long street art project called SWARM THE WORLD, with the goal of spreading 4,000 blue, magnetic cyanotype butterflies throughout the world. These butterflies have traveled across the globe in an ambitious guerilla art project called SWARM THE WORLD that has connected participants and art through social media the world over - and I have become a part of this wonderful worldwide project!
The idea was that these 4,000 handcrafted magnetic butterflies would be sent to almost 200 participants around the world to be set up in mini installations to be documented, photographed and posted over social networks globally. Each collaborator is to blog and tweet about their installations and keep a handwritten diary that will be shared across each route. The object of this ambitious street art project is to connect participants and art through social media throughout the world.
I was fortunate to have been selected to be one of the collaborators in this project and was initially to receive 400 of these butterflies March 18th for three weeks. The purpose being to photograph the swarm in different settings around South Carolina and to post these photos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Box. As can be expected, in a project of this magnitude, there have been delays and as it stands I am now to receive the butterflies May 20th.
I was looking forward to hosting Tasha’s beautiful butterflies here in the South during spring, but things happen and I'll make good use of the time I have been afforded to scout even more sites for unusual photo ops.
If any of you have suggestions for locations, I would love to hear from you! The ideal scenario is a setting around South Carolina with a metal object, or objects that have magnetic properties that would showcase Tasha’s butterflies and represent our great state - i.e. an old cemetery, farm buildings and implements, tin roofs, beautiful parks, landmarks, etc. The final round of participants will ship the butterflies back to New York, where Lewis will organize a capstone gallery exhibit with our collective images of installations from all over the globe.
"It is my hope that this project not only changes people’s perception of public space and public art on a local scale, but that it will also show how one idea and one little hand-sewn insect can unite people on a global scale."
To learn more about the SWARM THE WORLD project check out these sites: