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Metamorphosis: Elements

The importance of respecting and preserving the balance of the elements in our world.

In Metamorphosis:  Elements, Dominic Harris highlights the importance of respecting and preserving the balance of the elements in our world. As the butterflies move and interact, they remind us of the interconnectedness of all things and the need for harmony in our relationship with the natural world. In many ancient cultures the five elements of wood, earth, water, fire and metal were believed to be the fundamental components of the universe.

These elements are often seen as opposing forces, but in reality, they rely on each other for existence and harmony. For example, wood was believed to stabilise earth, while earth was understood to direct and control water. Water was thought to be able to quench fire, while fire was understood to be able to forge Metal. Finally, bringing it full cycle, metal was understood to carve wood. Harris explores the interconnectedness and balance of these 5 elements through intricately detailed butterflies that capture the essence of their respective element.

Harris uses his characteristically meticulous and controlled artistic process to capture each element's fundamental quality while overlaying his own optimism and beauty in the process. The assembled collection of Harris’ interpreted butterflies together portrays the cycle of creation, growth, transformation and destruction, with each element playing a crucial role in maintaining balance and harmony in the universe.

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Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs


Code, electronics, touch display, sensors, aluminium.


125 butterflies, with machine learning and AI generation techniques

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Dimensions in MM:

757 (W) x 757 (H) x 104 (D) mm, framed

Dimensions in INCHES:

29.8 (W) x 29.8 (H) x 4.1 (D) inches, framed

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