A Black Cloud of 30,000 Moths by Carlos Amorales
Mexican artist Carlos Amorales created a truly impressive Black Cloud installation by adorning the walls and the ceiling of the exhibition spaces with a swarm of black paper-cut moths of different sizes. 30,000 moths were attached manually by a team of 14 people, working round the clock for five days in a row.
It’s curious how individually the moths look elegant and pretty, but take on a pretty intimidating look as a cluster. According to the review by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this possible referral to the Biblical plagues indicates Amorales’ inclination towards ideas, “where the boundaries between beauty and awe, good and evil, calm and calamity are constantly blurred and where imagination is called upon”.
The installation was first exhibited at Yvon Lambert gallery in 2007.