The Butterfly Effect

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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:

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
The last, the very last,

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.

Now I am holding this delicate creature on my palm ready to let it fly. Care to join and create one? Details are on the Butterfly Effect link above or click on the sidebar to join.
God bless everyone!
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  1. I love the creativity on the heart part. Never seem to have imagine a butterly could have heart shaped wings! Great cause. Hope it will be successful

  2. So pretty and a great idea. Happy PPF, x

  3. Awesome butterfly ~ Wonderful project ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

  4. Thanks for the reminder about this project. I need to get busy and paint a butterfly.

  5. Such a beautiful butterfly. I have already sent in my two. What a great project.

  6. I love butterflies… A butterfly was one of the main subjects in a comic of mine. ^-^
    Your artwork is beautiful, love it!

  7. Beautiful butterfly with a divine message. Well done! :)

  8. Great project with a lot of meaning!

  9. What a wonderfully inspired treasure…love it!

  10. How Lovely, I think the Butterfly Project is wonderful! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #10 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  11. Thanks Robin!

  12. Thanks a lot! It’s a blessing project!

  13. Thank you Patsy! It’s a great endeavor!

  14. Thank you Natasha! I really appreciate it!

  15. I love butterflies too! They are beautiful! Thanks a lot for dropping by! :)

  16. Great to hear that Faye! I am yet to send it but it will be very soon! :) Great project indeed!

  17. You’re welcome. It was a great feeling of completing this project. I am soon to send it:) Thank you!

  18. Thank you Carol! :)

  19. Thanks a lot Netty!

  20. Thanks a lot for your compliment! I just thought of heart shaped wings because it symbolizes love.. Yes it will be successful with people’s support. Try making one too!

  21. what a lovely idea and a great post reminding us of what people suffered at the hands of man. your butterfly is lovely and more so because of the meaning you’ve given to it. that poem gave me shivers.

    thanks for your comment on my blog and as you asked, i use both micron pens and a nibbed pen with indian ink on watercolour paper for my stippled portraits.

  22. Thanks so much for your compliment. I have just sent my butterfly. Hope it will fly and inspire and be a symbol of peace and love. Thanks for your answer to my question. Your artworks are always amazing!

  23. Beautiful! Thank you so much for posting about the project! That’s the way the majority of the butterflies have made their way here!

    Blessings to you,

  24. Trudi, thanks so much for dropping by. It’s a blessing to have known Butterfly Project. Thank you for spreading the love and hope. God bless!

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