Overwinter

Overwinter Install at William Rupnik Gallery

Posted Jan 21, 2014
Overwinter #1
Mixed Media
2009
3' x 3' at base. 6' tall.

In entomology, overwintering is the term used to describe how insects survive through the winter season. A lot of insects overwinter as adults, pupae, or eggs, hiding inside various types of man made structures, under tree bark, or beneath dead vegetation. Overwintering sites shield the insects from harsh conditions associated with winter or drought like conditions. An example of overwintering is the Monarch butterfly. Every winter a large portion of the Monarch butterfly population migrates to the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

Though not meant as a direct representation of the Monarch butterfly’s overwintering in the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve , this piece was nonetheless inspire by this event.

Materials used:

4320 pieces of paper (dyed orange)
8640 sinkers
144 strands of mono‑filament line totaling 864 ft. of line

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