London Wall Place  |  Citypoint  |  Principal Place
Masamichi Shimada
Six gigantic butterflies have landed at Citypoint. The butterflies wings glow blue against the dark night.

The title of the artwork refers to American scientist and meteorologist Edward Lorenz’s (1917-2008) 1961 lecture titled, ‘Predictability, does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?’. Lorenz researched how a seemingly insignificant action, such as a butterfly flapping its wings, can activate a chain of events that can result in much bigger changes. Lorenz’s butterfly effect is a metaphor; although not scientifically possible, it demonstrates how daily life, the weather, or the stock exchange have a certain degree of unpredictability, and that chaos or crisis is always just around the corner.

The artist emphasizes that even though problems and challenges are seemingly big, a small act of just one person can make all the difference.

About the artist

Originally a Motion designer, Masamichi Shimada (1978) has been focused on creating light art for many years. In his installations, Shimada combines light and a range of other materials such as wood, paper, metal, and plastic.
Citypoint, Moorgate