Butterflies are indicator species for climate change, as they are particularly sensitive to environmental degradation. Their decline therefor serves as an early warning on environmental conditions. Also Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth house (built in 1951, and considered one of the most radically minimalist houses ever designed, conceived as an indoor-outdoor
The actual house, located near Fox river, was built on poles and designed in such a way that high water would not reach the house. But, as a result of urbanization and climate change, the river began to rise dramatically in the 1950s, and since the past ten years, the river regularly floods the house. Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling? brings these elements together in an architectural model loosely based on the Farnsworth house. But here the model-vitrine functions as the temporary home for butterflies - ultimate agents of transformation, change and recycling. Radical change is in their life cycle. Transforming from one state to another, they never are what they appear to be.
Visitors can enter the house. The glass walls allow full view on the man-made greenhouse and its visitors inside, as actors on a stage-set. Also they are on view. The transparent walls protect the climate inside and create a membrane between interior - and museum space. Both nature and audience become a spectacle inside the confinements of the museum wall. Flickr
With thanks to Enzo Moretto, ethymologist Butterflyarc, Padua (IT)