The story behind the light
The Story of the Sketch
“The charming flickering flight of butterflies and the beauty of their wings is captured in this installation. Each butterfly is created from two separate wings to achieve an abstract form,” says their designer Michaela Mertlová.
Nabokov discovered and described a rare butterfly species - the Karner Blue. That´s why blue is one of the colors used in this installation. These fragile crystal creatures are made of flat glass with hand-made colored texture.
There are 57 pairs of wings in the lobby. The components are truly difficult to make and their shape had to be changed ten times before perfection was achieved.
The Mysteries of Mimicry
„I discovered in nature the nonutilitarian delights that I sought in art. Both were a form of magic, both were a game of intricate enchantment and deception,“ wrote Nabokov in his memoirs. The kaleidoscope of glass butterflies in the Nabokov residence honours his legacy.