Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel realistically duplicates objects by suspending thousands of sewing buttons on mere strings. Each strand of his incredible sculptural pieces work with their adjacent string of buttons to create colorful replicas of everything, from a basic geometric cube to a stone fountain covered in flowers and spouting water.
Esquivel’s clever creations exhibit an astute understanding of spatial definition and a keen eye for detail, not to mention a lighthearted feast for the eyes. Each time-consuming piece carefully coordinates the varied shapes and colors that buttons come in to redefine a space with an illusionary sculpture that is fragile enough to disintegrate at the flick of one’s hand.
The artist says, “I am often obsessed with comparisons of reality and potential and the balance between them, in art: the idea of chaos in perfect order: an object seemingly solid to the eye can also be fragile and inconsistent to the touch; a common object used to create a piece of art becomes transformed into something complicated and intriguing.”