The Butterfly Woman Project is my vision for a monumental bronze sculpture in an environment where people can have an experience of connection with our origins. The Butterfly Woman Project is about an awareness that we are a living transformation, that transformation is our life and we are all connected in the expression of accepting, allowing and embracing our uniqueness as a whole being. This project is about being in harmony with ourselves, with humanity, with nature, with the arts and across the ages and talents of people in the community. It is about hope, and being delivered into life with our inherent uniqueness, all the gifts that we were born to share and the destiny of the path we are on individually and collectively.
This sculpture began as a melon-sized piece of Italian alabaster that I initiated while on retreat in the desert at Joshua Tree National Park. I continued with the piece when I returned to my studio and was surprised to see a woman’s figure emerging from it... and she looked pregnant. As I sculpted the back of the figure, I sensed that the stone wanted to be carved further in, until the whole back side became hollowed, like a cave. I found myself carving even deeper into the space. The stone was getting very thin and I saw the shape of a butterfly as an impression deep inside. Then the words came through my mind, “Butterfly Woman” and I felt a powerful surge of gratitude.
It occurred to me that this piece had a message that was bigger and more meaningful than I had previously imagined or thought possible. The original stone sculpture was molded for a bronze limited edition. The original sculpture was also 3D scanned and precision enlarged to a meter tall, (39 inches) larger than life. I applied layers of plaster and acrylic medium to the enlarged piece to prepare it to be cast into bronze. At this scale, the butterfly inside the hollow of the back side is quite large. My intention for the enlarged bronze piece is to have the hollowed butterfly brought to a mirror polish so people can lean inside and see themselves reflected in the butterfly within.
This meter-high version is an intermediate step to an even larger piece that I envision as being up to 13 feet tall. This would allow people to actually be inside the hollow of the back side and see themselves more fully in the mirror-polished butterfly. People could sit inside it or even curl up in the butterfly within. I envision a peaceful garden, a wide circle of native flowering plants, to attract butterflies and hummingbirds like a medicine wheel of life surrounding the outdoor piece. I envision poetry written by children of the local community engraved into the pedestal and walkways towards the piece. Visitors will find words dedicated to gratitude and appreciation of life, to mothers, family, destiny and mother earth. I want to include the youth of the community to plant the garden and work with local children to write these poems. I hear music composed to accompany this project and dances danced in this spirit of this message. People approaching the piece would see the world around them reflected in the round belly with the activity of their environment in the moment.
I hope this sculpture will inspire people to pause and connect with the beauty, simplicity and presence of this piece and have a meaningful experience.
Butterfly Woman at one Meter, (39 inches)
The pricing for the meter-high piece is $18,000.
This includes my investment for the scanning, 3D enlargement, materials for finishing the piece, the costs of the mold, bronzing process and the artist fee. Taxes would apply.
The weight would be approximately 175 pounds and would take about 16 - 20 weeks for production.
The costs, weight and production time do not account for applicable taxes, shipping, the pedestal or other means of presentation. The $18,000 price is working with me directly. If you are working with a dealer, the cost will increase to reflect the dealer's fees.
Patrons of the Arts
Some of my sculptures, like Butterfly Woman, have a large presence as if they want to be scaled up as monumental pieces. I dream of how people could experience the presence and feeling of these pieces as they are translated through the bronze medium. Bronze reproductions offer a magnificent means for more people to experience my work in open spaces. These installations would also present opportunities to interact with a larger community in meaningful ways.