Kaleidoscope of Hope: Lazerian’s Interactive Art at Manchester Art Fair
24 Aug 2023
As we eagerly anticipate this year’s Manchester Art Fair, where Lazerian will once again be part of the vibrant art scene, we can’t help but look back at some of the remarkable exhibitions we’ve had the privilege to showcase at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. In particular, we’d like to take you on a journey back to 2021, a year that marked a significant departure from our usual style and approach, as we introduced a more interactive art piece known as “Kaleidoscope of Hope.”
At Lazerian, we’ve always sought to push the boundaries of what art can be and how it can be experienced. In 2021, we felt a calling to create something that would not only resonate with our ethos but also bring art closer to everyone in a meaningful way. The result was Kaleidoscope of Hope, a project that captured the essence of hope during a time when the world was grappling with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kaleidoscope of Hope was an installation consisting of 500 butterfly forms, each meticulously crafted from aluminum, powder coated, and then adorned with vibrant spray paint. The unique aspect of this installation was that each butterfly was, in fact, one of a kind. Every butterfly bore the signature of our talented artist, Liam Hopkins, and was numbered as they found new homes with visitors to the exhibition. But that’s not all – there were 10 different butterfly forms to choose from, allowing buyers to select the exact butterfly that resonated most with them.
Now, you might be wondering, what was the inspiration behind Kaleidoscope of Hope? In the midst of a pandemic, we wanted to capture the positive side of life. While the world was painted with uncertainty, there was also an injection of color and hope symbolized by the rainbow paintings that became an emblem of positivity. We decided to create a unique tool that embodied this spirit. Liam enlarged the Corona molecule and transformed it into a vessel for spray cans. As he moved this “painting molecule” around, the pressure on the can nozzle would release bursts of paint pigments, leaving behind a trail of chromatic hope.
But there was a deeper layer to Kaleidoscope of Hope. We wanted to enable people to take a part of a larger painting, to own a piece of hope and life. Thus, we crafted 500 distinct butterflies, each symbolizing hope and rebirth. These butterflies were made available for sale, allowing them to flutter off to new lives with their new owners. In doing so, they left behind ghostly silhouettes on the canvas, a haunting reminder of their existence within a larger world of art.
Kaleidoscope of Hope embodied the idea that art is not confined to a canvas or a gallery but can transcend boundaries and live in the hearts and homes of those who appreciate it. As these unique butterflies found new homes, they carried with them the essence of hope and positivity that defined that challenging period.
As we prepare for this year’s Manchester Art Fair, we look forward to sharing more of our art with you and continuing to explore new horizons in the world of interactive and meaningful creations. We invite you to join us in celebrating the transformative power of art, as we have seen with Kaleidoscope of Hope, where every brushstroke and butterfly wing carries a message of hope and inspiration. We can’t wait to see what the future holds and what new stories our art will tell.
Stay tuned for our upcoming exhibition at the Manchester Art Fair on November 17th-19th, and be ready to be inspired once again