A swarm of five butterflies created from 300 kgs of mall scrap made in 7 days. Spanning 590 sq ft, the took over Select Citywalk Mall to mark Earth Day. Arun Verma, the renowned scrapture artist, has captured the evolution of life through his latest installation – Metalmorphosis.
As a tribute to our planet, Arun Verma, who has been working on scrap metal art for 15 years with exhibitions across India says, ‘Climate change has very real effects on people, animals, the ecosystem and natural resources on which we all depend. As a cause that is close to my heart, I wanted to come up with something unusual on Earth Day, which would make people pause and think about what they could do to fight climate change. This project was very challenging because of the sheer size we were working with. We dug deep into the metal waste of the mall, which consisted of pipes, gears, levers, chains, chairs etc. and worked non-stop for seven days to transform it into a swarm of butterflies.’
Verma’s visualisation of objects transforms scrap into something new, yet ensures that it retains its original essence. ‘Metalmorphosis’, is best described as an absolute embodiment the reason why we exist. Metalmorphosis intends to embrace the theory that we all live in a continual state of process. The viewer is easily captivated by its physical power, yet engaged with the potential mystery that change and evolution brings along.