Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Swim like a Butterfly! Team GB v Team USA! (2016)
Digital Art (Giclée) by Vincent da Vinci


  • Digital Art (Giclée), Canvas
  • From a limited edition of 25
  • Size: 8.27 × 11.81 × 0.04 in (unframed) / 8.27 × 11.81 in (actual image size)
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Vincent da Vinci

United Kingdom

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This work has been inspired by the Rio Olympic Games 2016, and by the previous works in the series, and to be incorporated into more complex work later.

This work has been inspired by the swimming events at the Olympics Games, in particular that of the Butterfly Final, and that of the Team USA and Team GB.

Butterflies are a current trend at the moment, in the Art Market, with Damien Hirst producing a series of Butterfly works. However, in this work, I have taken the Butterflies out of context, to represent the swimmers, and given it the symbolic colours of the Stars and Stripes Flag of USA, and contrast of the Union Jack of Team GB.

The Butterflies have been arranged in a standard size Olympic Pool with 8 Lines, with boundaries marked by Green, Blue and Yellow vertical lines. The upper half contains an 8 by 8 grid with Team USA Butterfly, opposite this, similarly on lower half with a 8 by 8 grid with Team GB Butterfly swimmers. I am suggesting that the two Teams are competing against each other, in a Relay or Medley in the Olympics, like pawns on an elongated Chess Board (Chess Board also has 8 by 8 grid sqaures)

Within my work I am interested in hidden massages, and within this work there’s a hidden message in Binary Code. From the Top far Left lane, the Butterflies Spells the Letter “T” vertically downwards, 01010100, with the 8 Lanes Spell words “TEAM USA!” with Stars & Stripes Butterflies, similarly the lower half lanes Spells words “TEAMGBGB” (Inverted) indicated by Union Jack Butterflies. The image is reversible, chose which Team you prefer, to be Displayed Up!

Limited Edition Print 1 of 25, either A4 20 cm x 30cm or A3 30cm x 40cm

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