The Butterfly Effect is a wonderful inspiration by Trudi Sissons who stumbled upon a project called The Butterfly Project hosted by The Holocaust Museum Houston in Texas, USA. The Butterfly Project mandate is to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. In Spring 2013, these butterflies will then become a break-taking exhibition to serve as a memory of this event.
Why a butterfly? Read on the poem below:
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone….
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.
For seven weeks I’ve lived in here
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.
Written by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942
Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.
I created a heart on the upper portion of this butterfly and painted it with watercolors and then created a jeweled-like mosaic on the lower part using magazine cutouts. This butterfly is a symbol of love. The core message that it speaks of is that God is watching over us everyday.
I commemorate this butterfly to the victims of the holocaust. Wherever they are right now I pray that they are at peace.