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Butterflies of Memory

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Butterflies of Memory


“Butterflies of Memory” is a temporary public sculpture on the site of the collapsed Smallpox Hospital Ruins on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan. Seventeen giant gold butterflies, each thirteen feet in diameter, will fly between 18 and 36 feet above the Ruins, visually carrying off the building. Installed in the summer of 2013, "Butterflies of Memory" will be viewable from Roosevelt Island, the Midtown Waterfront and the FDR highway, thus bringing an image of inspiration and beauty to over 4 million New Yorkers.

This project has been three years in development, we are currently in the final phases of permitting, and the have completed the engineering phase of the project. The first butterfly prototype is currently being fabricated. The overall budget for this project is 850,000 with 100,000 of it already raised through private funds and grants. This is a very exciting time for the project as momentum and excitement build. 

Sited next to the new FDR memorial, "Butterflies of Memory", will be the third largest public art piece to have been made in NY and it will be one of the most visible. Join our team in helping this amazing project happen.

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