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“The Butterfly Catcher” by Case Maclaim in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Bianca Bianca
Bianca Bianca
June 15, 2020
2 min read

Case Maclaim recently finished an almost 200-square-meter piece of art entitled “The Butterfly Catcher”. It was created on a house facade at Festweg 1, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

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It is an interpretation of a classic ancient masterpiece by Carl Spitzweg in the 1840’s. “The Butterfly Catcher” shows the importance of catching details in the moment. Nature is full of it, but you have to look and be receptive to it. In the mural, the protagonist was too busy with himself and his equipment to notice the beautiful blue butterflies. He missed the moment, which is emblematic of today’s dealings with nature.

In order to familiarize himself with Spitzweg’s work, Maclaim visited the Wiesbaden Museum. He studied and made the color alignment to the original piece. The artist said it is his first time to include a museum visit during the preparation process of creating the mural.

This mural was made for the event Walls of Vision which is run by Dr. Hans Riegel Stiftung. The foundation is continuing the non-profit legacy of the former Haribo co-owner with the aim of promoting and sustaining young people along the education chain in shaping the future. In addition to creativity, the project “Walls of Vision” focuses on discourse and closeness to nature. Historical works of art are transferred to the present and future times and made accessible to the public in the form murals.

Take a look below to see more photos of the mural.

Walls of Vision Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf | Photo Credit Florian Yeh

Walls of Vision Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf | Photo Credit Florian Yeh

Walls of Vision Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf | Photo Credit Florian Yeh

Walls of Vision Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf | Photo Credit Florian Yeh

Carl Spitzweg’s The Butterfly Catcher



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