Artwork wrapped buildings inspired by Selby Stories have emerged in the heart of the town.

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Papilio can be viewed 24 hours a day.

Beautiful scaffolding wrapped buildings are emerging in the heart of Selby to celebrate the town’s rich and unique heritage as part of Selby Stories. The first (now removed) was at 22 Finkle Street. The second has emerged at 67 Micklegate and keep an eye out for the third and final piece – coming soon.

The stunningly beautiful but purposely fleeting and transient wraps have been designed by artist Ed Kluz to look like tumbling swags of cloth for the art installations – titled Papilio.

Papilio is Medieval Latin for ‘tent’ or ‘butterfly’ and the wraps will continue to emerge over the coming weeks on scaffolding for historic buildings being restored and improved thanks to grants in Selby’s Heritage High Street Action Zone. The wraps have been digitally printed to look like giant tumbling folds of cloth and the tent-like structure was inspired by the historic markets, fairs and festivals which have long been part of Selby’s history. The plant motifs on the drapes draw on the origin stories of Selby Abbey – the return to the fertile wilderness that the Abbey’s founder, Benedict, encountered when he arrived in the late 11th Century. They also echo the beautiful Medieval foliate carvings found in stone and wood within the Abbey building.

Read the full press release to discover the inspiration behind the pieces here.

Catch Papilio whilst you can – the duration of the artwork is subject to change at short notice but may be as long as several weeks.