This work has been inspired by the Rio Olympic Games 2016, and by the previous works in the series.
This work is the second version, has been inspired by the swimming events at the Olympics, in particular that of the 200m Butterfly Final, and that of the Team USA, Gold Medal winner, Michael Phelps (in the work indicated by initials MP). The background contains hidden text behind, forming a playable word search of the Olympics Games events, with either 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 Letter words, similar to previous works.
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 Butterfly out of context, to represent the swimmer, Michael Phelps, and given it the symbolic colours of the Stars and Stripes Flag of USA. The Stripes have been placed horizontally to contrast with the vertical lines of the direction of flow of the water.
With my previous works, I am interested in codes and hidden messages. Within this work, I have divided the Butterfly which has an outline of 360’ into 26 equal segments to represent the 26 Letters of the Alphabet (see image for rotated through 180’ to represent the Letter M). The Butterfly has been rotated to spell the Letter "M" the Christian name of the swimmer.
Similarly, there is another hidden message. In the work, I am interested in transparency, the interaction between the body, and water, thus, diving into the water, below the water line, and coming up for air, creates different transparencies, when seen above as an aerial view. I have recreated this by using the transparency command on Adobe Illustrator, and assigning each letter a different transparency percentage (ratio of the body to that of water), thus surname letter "P" would be 80% of the Butterfly, and 20% of water showing.
The swimmer, has been positioned in Lane #1, referring to First on Gold Medal, and is indicated by the outer green markers on the left hand-side, and the dark blue marker on the right-hand side, on a standard Olympic Pool.
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