Shedding its cocoon, the butterfly is a strong symbol of rebirth, thus the butterfly is entrenched in many myths and legends around the world about immortality. In many eastern cultures, the color blue also is a symbol of immortality and is used to represent life. As to contrast the subtle meanings behind this butterfly, the word eLife’ radiates from the butterfly’s very core. This elegant butterfly, highlighted with blue and browns, states clearly that this beautiful creation represents life.
The basic frame of the insect is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint. The shell is then painted the bold colors you see. The entire front facing piece is carefully hand-painted keeping in mind the reflective qualities in the color of insects.