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Endangered Butterfly Species Are Immortalized as One-of-a-Kind Glass Sculptures

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Endangered Butterfly Species Are Immortalized as One-of-a-Kind Glass Sculptures

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

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Artist Laura Hart is fascinated by nature and the creatures that inhabit our earth. Inspired by fauna’s seemingly endless visual diversity, she celebrates this fact through striking glass art. Her Lepidoptera series depicts endangered and rare butterflies that are awe-inspiring in their attention to detail—especially in the way they highlight the visual variety of these insects. Hart is able to convey the different patterns on their wings as well as the multitude of shapes that they take.

“Each specimen is painstakingly recreated to emulate its natural counterpart,” Hart writes of her work. “The wings are created by fusing glass in several stages and the bodies are cast in glass using the lost wax process and pate de verre techniques. The legs, antennae, and proboscis are created in sterling silver to create anatomical detail.” When complete, the sculptures are about seven inches wide.

While glass is a medium where it’s relatively easy to make multiples, Hart limits each butterfly to an edition of one. “Given that many species of butterfly and moth teeter on the brink of existence in our ever-decreasing world,” she writes, “I create only one of each species or subspecies, their uniqueness and fragility accentuating the real threat of extinction these glorious creatures face due to human activity.”

Artist Laura Hart creates butterfly glass sculptures modeled after rare or endangered butterflies.

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Spanish Moon Moth

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Periander Metalmark

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Monarch

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Queen Alexandra Birdwing

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Glasswing

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Lesser Purple Emperor

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Zebra Swallowtail

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Mother of Pearl Morpho

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Salamis Temora

Butterfly Glass Sculpture by Laura Hart

Yellow Swallowtail

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Scarlet Mariposa

Butterfly Glass Sculpture by Laura Hart

Cairns Birdwing

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Sylphina Angel

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Kaiser I Hind

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Scarce Bamboo

Sculpture of an Endangered Butterfly by Laura Hart

Scarce Swallowtail

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Laura Hart.

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