Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: Swim like a Butterfly!! (2016)
Digital Art (Giclée) by Vincent da Vinci


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  • Size: 8.27 × 11.81 × 0.04 in (unframed) / 8.27 × 11.81 in (actual image size)
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Vincent da Vinci

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This work has been inspired by the Rio Paralympic Games 2016, and by the previous works in the series.

This has been inspired by the swimming events at the Rio Paralympics, in particular that of the 50m Butterfly Final, and that of the Team GB, Gold Medal winner, Susie Rodgers (in the work indicated by initials SR). 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, Susie Rodgers, and given it the symbolic colours of the Great British Flag.

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 "S" 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 "R" would be 84% of the Butterfly, and 16% 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.

Limited Edition Print 1 of 25 on either A4 21cm x 30cm or A3 30cm x 40cm

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