Iridopsis humaria

Iridopsis humaria

Iridopsis humaria, 2008

John Tinker
Cast hydrostone, acrylic, glass beads
Courtesy of the artist

In the summer the museum’s patio comes alive with lush plantings, the gurgling of the central fountain, the busy-ness of insects and birds, and human events held in plein air. During the winter months, this Spanish-style central courtyard goes into hibernation. John Tinker’s installation of 38 Asian moths, the Iridopsis humaria, gives the patio over to these unusual winter-loving insects whose reflective bodies capture the light, both natural and artificial. Though beautiful, they are also a humorous reminder of how pesky insects can interrupt an outdoor gathering—unless, of course, that gathering is of the moths themselves.

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