Monday, 2 March 2015

Jeroen Verhoeven: Butterflies Through Others Eyes #3




2015 is the International Year of Light so I wanted to share this great piece of art/design. This stunning butterfly chandelier (created in 2011), is the work of Dutch designer Jeroen Verhoeven, a member of Dutch design house Demakersvan, and is titled: The Virtue of Blue. It consists of 500 butterfly shapes taken from four butterfly breeds that are cut from solar panel cells. These butterfly shaped cells absorb light which then powers and lights up a large bulb in the centre of the chandelier. The design is inspired by the way real butterflies use their wings to absorb light from the sun which powers their own bodies and helps maintain body temperatures. It is a really beautiful piece of functional design and technology.