A chance to fly: American sculptor transforms crushed beer cans found in NYC streets to butterflies #2 Eco art Series

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New York City, The City That Never Sleeps is busy as always. It is indeed an urban wanderer’s delight. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Manhattan, enticing boutiques and coffee-tasting among the craft-minded scenesters, or delve into festive night parties and the cutting-edge art galleries. Everyone finds something for themselves.

If you pay attention to what is happening around you may find an absolute different inspiration in it. Paul Villinski, an American sculptor whose works are presented in the National Soaring Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, finds inspiration in the crushed beer cans found in NYC streets.

I want to take these humble, damaged, discarded things and find out what they are capable of - what can be done with imagination, commitment, risk, labor -- with enough love. My work is an exploration of the possible, at the heart of which is hope.
(c)Paul Villinski


(с) “Fallen” by Paul Villinski. 2015. Steel, aluminum (found cans), wire, soot, Flashe; 62-3/4" x 113-1/4" x 9-1/2"
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The sculptor says that behind the screen of eternal business and endless deeds, mankind does not notice the abyss into which it falls.

At the same time he does not lose hope in humanity. He continues to create his amazing art in hope that people will finally "wake up " and realise that they are not alone in this world and that everything they do has an effect on the surrounding world, especially animals and insects.


“Paradigm II," by Paul Villinski.2012; Aluminum (found cans), wire, Flashe; site-specific installation; private collection, CA
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“I want to create images and experiences that allow viewers to ‘identify,’ to feel our commonality, to know that they are not alone.”
(c)Paul Villinski

His sculptor creates his works from abandoned objects, which he finds on the streets of New York. Lost gloves; crushed beer cans; old vinyl LP's; discarded shipping pallets find their new life in his creations.


”Fortune" by Paul Villinski, 1997; Found work glove, aluminum (found beer can), wire; 9” x 5” x 2.5” Image Source

I try to practice a "simple alchemy," attempting to give these cast-off, "worthless" objects surprising new identities, to infuse their stories with new layers of meaning.
(c)Paul Villinski


* "Wind" by Paul Villinski, 2001; Aluminum (found beer cans), wire, 12 volt bulbs and electrical components; kinetic; variable dimensions
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Art as a meditation

Art is like meditation. The artist sinks into his world to create a new art. The viewer looks at an artist's creation and dives into his world and sees something of his own. According to the wonderful @nehab "Understanding of art creates both - the painter and the viewer. And both are artists". I think it is a perfect metaphor to the process.


"Orbit Series" Paul Villinski, 2010; Aluminum (found cans), wire, Finnish plywood, latex, Flashe; dimensions variable.
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I am drawn to humble, yet evocative materials; in this case, crushed beer cans… My process of “recycling” them into images of butterflies is a quiet physical meditation, a yoga of tin snips and files and fingers.
(c)Paul Villinski


IF we were able to understand the full picture…


"Conjecture" by Paul Villinski. 2012; Aluminum (found cans), ink, paper, wire; 48” x 64” x 5”; private collection, New York, NY
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“Return” (Paradigm exhibition) by Paul Villinski, 2014
Aluminum (found cans), wire, Flashe; 80” x 80” x 9”
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…I hope to suggest that the frailty of butterflies, and their utter dependence on appropriate habitat, mirrors our own tenuous condition. Yet we ignore our connection to nature … When we bulldoze the rainforest, liquefy glaciers, pump mountains of carbon into the sky, erase tens of thousands of species, we do this to ourselves. There is no separation - we are the butterflies.
(c)Paul Villinski


Paul Villinski holding live butterfly with his artwork Self-Portrait (Paradigm exhibition), 2014 Steel, tulle, live butterflies; 68” x 20” x 8”. Image Source

In order to realize our unity with all living things, one must be aware. It is necessary to understand that we can not exist without them, what each plant, insects and animal have their own unique mission to maintain a balance on the Planet. And that their gradual disappearance can only reflect the reality that awaits us.


“Hypothesis” by Paul Villinski, 2014 Steel, cotton (found shirts), aluminum (found cans), brass, Flashe; 24” x 170” x 18”
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And that if we do not think about it here and now, instead of living butterflies in the future of our children there will be butterflies made of garbage, which we do not care now.


"Art in the Rock"by Paul Villinski, 1999; Aluminum (found cans), wire; site-specific installation, Branford, CT
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However, I also have hope in humanity. I believe it will able to realize simple truths and transform itself as easily as a butterfly flies out of the cocoon to meet a new, more colorful life.


"Muse" by Paul Villinski, 2007; Aluminum (found cans), wire, lead, soot; dimensions variable
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The beauty that interests me most comes through the struggle to bring things from a place of loss, poverty, despair, into a new life -- to insist on the possibility of transformation.
(c)Paul Villinski

They say: “Art will save the World.” I think thanks to artist like Paul Villinski THERE IS HOPE.


"Vessel III (Paradigm exhibition)" by Paul Villinski 2014; Steel, aluminum (found cans), Flashe; 40” x 23” x 12, photo credit: Adam Reich Image Source*

With love,

@Sasha Genji
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(c) Half Trash Wood Turtle by Bordalo II, Canada, 2017.Image Source

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This is really interesting, I love his sculpture and you did a great job presenting it along with quotes from the artist and your own commentary. Really well done post. Happy to have found you - following! Cheers - Carl

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Nice meeting you, Carl. Thank you for stopping by, commenting on my article and follow. I love his art too and this is the reason I did this post%))
Just checked out your blog and found a very interesting project you set up Human Certified Original Works Initiative @humanbot. As I already wrote to you in your post this is a very interesting and for sure Original project I came across on Steemit. I wish you the very luck to it and follow to see how it will develop.
And a compliment to an artist in you%)) This time it is not my work but I always live credits. I think you just set up a next big thing from what you could and I really look forward to see how it will progress in the future.

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His work is brilliant and impacting. Thank you for sharing it here!

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Hey, @stonemaiden. Thank you for coming to my page and leaving such a nice comment as well as re-steem. it is so precious to me. I love Paul Villinski's works and I am so happy so many people saw his art through this article.
You are such a great artist yourself! I guess I can't find anyting like you do anythere%)) Thank you, dear for finding me so I can find you%))

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Oh, it's an absolute delight to stumble upon great posts like this and creative thinkers and appreciators. I love connecting well!

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I love connecting well too%) And following great artist as you are! I still can't forget your "Helix Scope". It is just unbelievable!

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Thank you!

Wow! Mind blowing in the most beautiful of ways! I'll be following, feel free to check out my blog as well.

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Thank you, dear @grandpooba for stopping by and leaving me a comment. For sure I am going to check your blog and read some of your articles. I wish you the very best on Steemit%))

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This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for creating this artful post!

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Thank you, dear @icmultitudes. As you stated in your recent post - "Art is everywhere"%)
I can't agree more%))
Happy to meet someone who has the same vision for art))
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Beautiful heart art!!!

superb post and great art. I love this kind of Visionary Art. It is so Contemplative. "an exploration of the possible, at the heart of which is hope" - such a beautiful line. I love the artwork "Muse" .
And I love to paint the landscapes of your country. Soviet art and landscapes is my inspiration. You will see it in my future uploads. Slavic , Post Soviet countries and Russia have a strange connect with me. I call it the land of Golden Birches :) . Followed you @sashagenji :) great to know you.

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Oh, my dear @nehab, I also so happy I found you. I love your artworks - they are so soulFULL. I also follow you and will be happy to see the inspiration my country of origin brought to you! Much love to you, dear creative soul.

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