Eiji Watanabe gives these paper butterflies wings. Painstakingly cut from illustrated field guides, the butterflies are then showcased en masse - like a swarm of newly liberated creatures - to the walls and ceilings of this room. Previously on show at the Kenji Taki gallery, this incredible installation from 2009 calls attention to the mystery behind classifying and naming things.
Eiji Watanabe liberates butterflies from illustrated field guides
Watanabe painstakingly cut out hundreds of butterflies
The butterflies are then attached to the walls and ceilings
They cling to the wall en masse and are meant to demonstrate the mystery behind naming and classifying living creatures
The installation was created in 2009
We think the installation creates far more butterfly appeal than a field guide!