Butterfly Effect




アムステルダムライトフェスティバル2019(オランダ) 出品作品
7羽の大きな蝶がアムステルダムの運河に着水して青く透き通るように光っています。
今作はエドワードローレンツの有名な言葉Dose the flap of Butterflie’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?(ブラジルで蝶が羽ばたいたことによりテキサスで竜巻が起きるか?) からインスピレーションを得て、作家がが高知県の山間部の小さな町、佐川町で暮らす中で見た自然の中で羽ばたく蝶をモチーフにコンセプトを描いた作品です。
この作品は運河の波や風の動きで羽の表情が変化します。波が全くないと蝶は青く静止したように見えます。小さな波の動きがきっかけとなり蝶は美しい羽の表情を見せます。
作家がこの作品を通して伝えたいことは、あなたが今何か実現したいことがあったとして、それを形にするには最初の一歩を踏み出すことが大切だと言うことです。それがどんなに小さな一歩でもそれが後に大きな結果を生み出す可能性があります。

Amsterdam Light Festival 2019 (The Netherlands)
Seven gigantic butterflies have landed on the surface of the canal. The butterflies not only rise and fall with the movement of the water caused by passing boats, but their wings glow blue against the dark night. At first sight, the artwork seems to portray a peaceful, almost magical scene. But with his artwork Butterfly Effect, Masamichi Shimada attempts to portray how something as delicate as a butterfly can possess such immense power.

The title of the artwork refers to American scientist and meteorologist Edward Lorenz’s (1917-2008) 1961 lecture titled, ‘Predictability, does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?’. Lorenz researched how a seemingly insignificant action, such as a butterfly flapping its wings, can activate a chain of events that can result in much bigger changes, such as the emergence of a destructive tornado in Texas. Lorenz’s butterfly effect is a metaphor; although not scientifically possible, it demonstrates how daily life, the weather, or the stock exchange have a certain degree of unpredictability, and that chaos or crisis is always just around the corner.

In Masamichi’s artwork, the enlightenment of the butterfly wings is a direct consequence of the movement of the water, which is caused by the passing of boats. It displays a miniature version of Lorenz’s chain of cause and effect, but instead of being the cause of destructive power, the passing boats evoke unpredictably beautiful light patterns in the wings of the butterflies. Butterfly Effect, much like the rest of Masamichi’s oeuvre, has a positive outlook on the world. The artist emphasizes that even though problems and challenges are seemingly big, a small act of just one person can make all the difference.