Swarm the World: 2014-Present
This is a continuation of my Swarm project to create ephemeral installations of hundreds of magnetic cuanotype butterflies, except that I have now included 200 strangers who live all over the world. During a trip to Istanbul, Turkey in the spring of 2014, I was inspired to send my butterflies to places that I would never have the time to visit. I created the website www.SwarmtheWorld.com to inform and gather followers and potential collaborators. By mid-summer 2014 I had received over 500 e-mail requests from potential collaborators. I mapped their locations and selected those with the best fit, and who seemed the most dedicated. In the end I have almost 200 people in 86 different countries. In order to pay for all the International shipping of the butterflies, I created a Kickstarter Campaign and successfully raised $10,000. You can learn more about the project by watching in fund-raising the video below.
An important element of the project is that mostly the collaborators are working independently to install the butterflies around their home city or country following the guidelines that I laid out for them. They are also constantly uploading new photos of their creations. You can see them all at www.SwarmtheWorld.tumblr.com/