The basic frame of the butterfly is created using tin, which is powder-coated with a black finish and makes this piece safe to use outdoors. The edges of the frame are reinforced using thicker tin wire. The front of this piece is adorned in areas with capiz shell, an oyster native to the Philippines, before being hand-painted and sealed with a water-based sealant. The primary purpose of this oyster to provide a source of food, however, the shell is a sustainable by-product that can be used for decoration. The capiz shell subtly replicates the reflective qualities of butterflies in nature. The entire piece is lightweight and has an eyelet in the back allowing it to be hung using a finishing nail, command strip, or a push pin.
Due to it being a natural material, the organic colors of capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint. The artist combines two symbols of freedom and travel into one with this light-hearted piece. Butterflies and bicycles have far more in common than one might think. The butterfly with its ability to fly away and the bicycle which allows one to journey off into adventure. With light colors, this butterfly symbolizes the warmth of a sunny spring or summer day. However, we cannot forget that fall riding is just as adventurous, thus the subtle hints of leaves blowing in the winds are present in the left wing. Dimensions: 18in x 1in x 13in