The Butterfly Project
is being hosted by
The Holocaust Museum, Houston
in Texas, USA.
Their mission is to educate people about the Holocaust,
remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims
and honouring the survivors' legacy.
Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides,
the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy are taught.
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 breath-taking exhibition to serve as
a memory of this event.
The project is based on this poem -
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
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.
June 4th 1942
(Born in Prague January 7th 1921,
deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp
on April 26th 1942,
died in Aushchwitz on September 29th 1944,
When Trudi Sissons from
read about this she was, not surprisingly,
incredibly moved and wanted to help
bring together this plan of 1.5 million butterflies.
So her part in this is
which is a worldwide call for creative people to
create butterflies for the exhibition.
When sent to her she photographs them
and logs them on her blog.
They will be sent en masse to the
Of course I wanted to join in,
and these 2 are my contribution.
The images of the children are from
Their wings are blended vintage paper,
softened with gesso,
and charcoal smudging.
Including antennae they stand about 5" tall.
They both have rusty wire curly antennae
with beads on the end.
This little chap looks more like a moth,
but sometimes I find it tricky to tell the
difference between a butterfly and a moth,
so hopefully he'll be allowed in.
These 2 will now be fluttering across the pond
to Trudi in Canada, joining all the other
If you want more information about how to join in