The Butterfly Wall

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Toby Buonagurio’s most recent commissioned, public artwork is titled “Earth, Air, Fire, Water.” It is permanently installed on the central lobby wall of the brand new Simons Center for Geometry and Physics on the Stony Brook University campus. The artwork is comprised of eleven, enormous, unique, hand-made, glazed and lustered, sculptural relief, ceramic butterflies, ranging in size from 2 1/2′ to 4 1/2′. Each “butterfly” is configured with iconic imagery of the “four elements:” earth, air, fire, and water, interpreted in a manner that is conceptually and esthetically consistent with the ceramic work for which the artist is best known.

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