for Victor Hunt
As a huge swarm, the moths are flying towards a light bulb. Some single moths are placed randomly on the wall. Each individual moth is numbered and represents one moth still alive in reality. Each swarm (lamp) is unique.
The number of the limited edition derives directly from nature. As there are just 900-1200 individual moths of that species left in Austria, there will be just five lamps of this species available.
Per moths a certain amount of money go as a donation to the project 'Stmk - Schmetterlinge' by the Naturschutzbund Austria, which protects an abandoned quarry in Styria where nature grows wildly back and the Catocala conversa was spotted.
This momentary record of all the specimen of this species still existing in Austria revives the discussion about the growing exploitation of sensitive natural resources and tries to make abstract numbers tangible.
species: catocala conversa, rare nocturnal moth
conservation status Austria: critically endangered
project assistant: Maria Bauhofer, Anais Bourcier
material: 100% brass ((laser-cut, patinated, and handrivetted), electronics for lamp
dimensions: core lamp: 65 x 30 x 35cm,
with single moths - whole installation one lamp: 120 x 100 x 35cm
production: limited edition of 5
Victor Hunt Gallery