Kobe G8 Environment Ministers Meeting "Furoshiki"

Competition Details

A flap of wings in The City of Kobe

by Helena Mena-Matos

The butterfly effect is a term introduced by the mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz to describe the sensivity of some mathematical models to initial conditions. The phrase refers to the idea that a change in something seemingly innocuous, such as a flap of a butterfly's wings in Tokyo, may cause unexpected larger changes in the future, such as a Tornados in California.

The term has been lately used in the environmental context for describing negative impacts in climate, biodiversity, etc…In fact, given the changes we humans have introduced into the complex ecosystem Planet Earth, one can say that we have done the work of billions of butterflies.

In this project I used the term exactly in the opposite way: the positive side of the butterfly effect. In fact, small changes can produce great positive effects. They can be performed by common people in their dayly life as well as by people with governamental responsibilities.The 2008 Environment Ministers Meeting in Kobe, prior to the G8 Summit in Japan, could be that flap of wings leading to a really important discussion at the Summit on environmental issues.

I propose two variations of this idea for the cloth:

1. The design of the cloth represents the globe with a “butterfly”. This butterfly was inspired in the Lorenz attractor, a 3-dimensional representation of a long-term behavior of a mathematical model exibiting the butterfly effect. It has a double meaning as it seems also an 8 that together with the bold G in the globe represents G8.

2. The design of the cloth represents the globe with 8 origami butterflys (a reference to Japan) that together with the bold G in the globe represent G8.