The butterfly effect

3D print of an enlarged moth brain and neuron connections, upcycled computer display, light source

Outdoor artificial lighting is one of the driving forces of an insect and moth decline. According to scientific studies about 1/3 of insects swirling around artificial lighting dies by morning (fall prey or exhaustion).

Moths and other nocturnal insects are disappearing because of their fatal attraction to light. (They were supposed to navigate through stars)

Less visible, possibly more damaging effects are changes to predator-prey and plant-pollinator relationships that can reverberate through ecosystems.

Contributed this piece to an exhibition about the negative aspects of light pollution.

Gallery Hraničář, 2021–2022