Patron: Mickey Metzger
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson
The monarch butterfly has been migrating through Nebraska for thousands of years. For me, the monarch represents an enduring promise that next year, and for many years to come, this magnificent winged creature will return to Nebraska to inspire a sense of wonder, and appreciation for nature’s beauty, but most of all, hope for the future.
“Written on the Wings of the Monarch” will reflect the hope that for many generations to come, children and adults alike will explore and contemplate the beauty of our earth together, keeping alive that inborn sense of wonder. By doing so, we will care deeply for it. This piece will also honor the many generations of Nebraskans who have made our state a reflection of what we value more than anything, our rich tapestry of people.
Material and construction
- Both sides of the heart will be richly painted with acrylic paints as indicated by the colors on the design.
- The three monarchs on the front of the heart represent generations. They wIll be painted and embellished with mirrored mosaic pieces to reflect and engage the audience.
- The milkweed represented by the vining hands, will be sculpted and sprayed with fiberglass with Patrick’s help, so that it is three-dimensional. I will be working with the children and families of Dimensions Early Education Program in Lincoln and sculpt the vining hands from models from the school and other community members representing generations.
- The large hands at the base representing “generations of Nebraskans” will be sculpted and sprayed with fiberglass, also three-dimensional.
- The back will be richly painted in acrylic paints representative of the colors indicated on the drawing.
- Messages will be written on the wings of the Monarch from voices within our community that will reflect on the meaning of hope.