29/05/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
A pretty chandelier, yes? 500 meticulously cut out butterflies. Still impressed, yes? What if I told you that each of the butterflies had been cut from sapphire blue photovoltaic cells? Say what?!
This is a stunning example of how cool a solar powered light can look! The blue beauties are clustered around a hand-blown glass bulb – the recipient of the converted energy that the butterflies generate.
This fine meld of art, electronics and green thinking is the creation of Dutch artist Jeroen Verhoeven and is currently being exhibited (as part of Verhoeven’s solo exhibition, The Curious Image) at the Blain|Southern gallery in London (12 May–16 July 2011).
Pretty and practical!