Metamorphosis: Recycled magazines and cans take flight

Local artist, architect, and designer Conrad Booker will be opening his installation “Metamorphosis by Conrad Booker” on June 1st at BUS STOP Boutique in Queen Village.  This multi-part installation will feature thousands of butterflies that were created from recycled magazines and soda cans.

You will also be seeing Booker’s work on the streets of Philadelphia, as he will be installing butterflies at the boutique Carmelita Couture in Old City and at Vintage Wine Bar in Midtown Village. A grand butterfly installation will also make an appearance at the the Head House Shambles.

So why butterflies? Well, Booker is especially fond of butterfly shadowboxes, but shares that, “as wonderful as they are, [he] could not bring [himself] to stick a pin in them and mount them in boxes.” Instead, he chooses to show his appreciation for the delicate insect through the use of recycled and brightly colored fashion magazines and soda cans (the tabs of which he will donate to charity).

Continue after the jump for details on Booker’s eye-catching installations!

June 1, 2011 

 ‘Mourning Cloak’

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

BUS STOP Boutique

750 S. 4th St. Philadelphia

June 8, 2011

‘Scarlet Jezebel’

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Carmelita Couture

17 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia

June 15, 2011

‘Blue Doctor’

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Vintage Wine Bar

129 S. 13th St. Philadelphia

*Booker's installations will run through August. For more information, contact show curator Zivile Pupinyte at or (215) 834-8138.