She flew over farms and highways, cities and towns, forests and rivers," 2017.
In celebration of Earth Day, I created a Public Art installation at Lebanon Valley College of 365 hand-painted paper monarch butterflies. As they fluttered in the breeze, they endured the wind, rain, and sun and gradually lost their color and became lifeless as a symbol of the butterflies’ current plight.
This installation was created to bring awareness of the decline of monarch populations and the need to maintain natural habitats of the monarchs and other pollinators. The decline happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source, and home. Other factors have also contributed to the rapid devastation, such as deforestation and severe weather in their winter home in central Mexico.