Inspiration: Paul Villinski’s Beer Can Butterflies at Modish

Inspiration: Paul Villinski’s Beer Can Butterflies at Modish

Jessica Tata
Mar 5, 2009

Paul Villinski believes that "one generation's trash will be another's treasure." He has rescued crushed beer cans from the streets of New York and transformed them, with tin snips and files, into beautiful butterflies that he arranges in different compositions on the wall. We saw this post over at Modish, and we love the way these airy installations turn a wall, or a whole room, into a blank canvas…

Just "a bit of movement in the air" can cause these delicate, one-of-a-kind butterflies to flutter. Artist Paul Villinski reworks crumpled aluminum beer cans into "images that suggest the possibility of change itself." Villinski is enthralled with the transformational symbolism of the butterfly, and his pieces seem to transform blank walls into multi-dimensional canvases.

We would love to have a piece of his, but are pretty sure we wouldn't be able to afford a custom installation. His work does, however, provide quite a bit of inspiration for us---perhaps our next DIY project? Thanks to Modish for spotlighting his gorgeous work!

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