Artist Bill Secunda’s explains the inspiration behind “Mantis Dreaming”—a 3000-pound praying mantis sculpture fashioned out of scrapped steel from a railroad tanker:
All created freehand by myself over the last 6 months. I envisioned this sculpture while listening to a song by a group called The Verve. Catching that butterfly in that dream of mine were the words that inspired the sculpture. I imagined a praying mantis might have that dream, his opposite, the butterfly, beautiful, delicate, and always out of reach. He is so infatuated with it, when the butterfly lands on him he stands frozen. His instincts clash with his fascination, all he can do is hope it doesn’t fly away.