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The Thames Path

The Thames Path

Our anonymous artist has been at it again by placing 60 blue ceramic butterflies along the South Bank in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

With a teasing post on their WordPress blog along with pictures indicates that another installation by the river of street art has taken place. Images of making the 60 ceramic butterflies and where they had placed them appeared on their blog. With limited numbers I would imagine there are none to be found at this stage, unlike the 5,000 ceramic eggs placed in the River Thames over the Easter weekend.

No butterlies on buttocks

No butterflies on buttocks

This artist has also placed 10,000 hallmarked pebbles on Brighton Beach but if any are to be found it will be like looking for the proverbial ‘needle in a hay stack’.

Tate Modern from the River Thames

Tate Modern from the River Thames

60 Butterflies in London – image by the artist

The artist left a post showing several glazed ceramic butterflies decorated with the Queens head placed just over a doorway to the Tate Modern, one placed on a Damien Hirst installation and others on the limestone walls of The Queen’s Walk.


Damien Hirst has a current show at the Tate Modern see http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/damien-hirst?gclid=CPvNg8fHvLACFUxlfAodDD1trQ

As the rain sets in, a late afternoon walk on along the Thames Path may be rewarded with a find, but I have to say finding one will be like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Flight of the butterflies from the Tate Modern

The only evidence found outside the Tate Modern was the ‘Blue Tack’ used to secure the ceramic butterflies to the metal surround to the Damien Hirst exhibition panel above the door to the main entrance of the Tate building. Two pieces of Blue Tack remained, as to whether the ceramic butterflies were removed by the artist after they photographed them or were removed by some of the hordes of people who had visited the South Bank on the day of the Jubilee Pageant I can’t be sure.

Gone in 60 seconds, all that remained of one of the 60 Diamond Jubilee ceramic butterflies

The artist had posted several pictures on their blog of places they had placed some of the 60 Ceramic butterflies but none were to be found today.

Another artist known for a ceramic butterfly installation is Clare Twomey who decorated the inside of the Brighton Pavillion with a mass of black ceramic butterflies, and has shown at the Tate.

Further along the river towards Waterloo Bridge where I suspected more ceramic butterflies were placed there was nothing to be found. Where else the artist had placed any of the 60 ceramic butterflies remained a mystery, but if anyone out there has found one get in touch.