Friday, September 14, 2012

Butterflies Of Memory Sculpture Installation Coming To Roosevelt Island's Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital Next Summer - 17 Gold Butterflies Flying Over Ruins

Reported yesterday on beautiful Monarch Butterflies stopping off at Roosevelt Island for some honey from our purple African Queen summer lilacs. Well, don't be surprised if next summer Roosevelt Island is visited by a different type of butterfly and these will be Very Big and Flying Above the Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital.


Don't be frightened of the huge butterflies because they are part of a public art project being proposed by Kathleen Griffin titled "Butterflies of Memory":
“Butterflies of Memory” is a public sculpture on the site of the collapsed Smallpox Hospital Ruins, Roosevelt Island, Manhattan. 10 foot diameter gold butterflies will fly above the Ruins, visually carrying the building away. Installed summer 2013, the installation will be viewable from the Midtown Waterfront and the FDR highway, thus bringing an image of inspiration and beauty to over 2 million New Yorkers.

and from September 15-17:
You are invited to a special event at the Waldorf Astoria on the 3rd floor at Couture Fashion Week. For the first time the public will have an opportunity to meet Kathleen Griffin, the artist, of the 3rd largest public art sculpture in New York City, which will be unveiled Summer 2013. “Butterflies of Memory” will showcase 17 giant gold butterflies, each with a 13 foot wingspan; will fly up to 36 feet above the Smallpox Hospital Ruins on Roosevelt Island, visually carrying off the building. This sculpture will be viewable from Roosevelt Island, the Midtown Waterfront and the FDR highway, thus bringing an image of inspiration and beauty to over 4 million New Yorkers.
More information on the Butterflies of Memories event at the Waldorf available  at Black Tie Magazine. 

More information on the Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

3 comments:

ybnyer said...

17 Gold butterflies. Says it in the info below. Please change headline.

Budulay Leopoldovich said...

so cool :)

CheshireKitty said...

Cornell should hold do something with the 10-foot tall fence that's coming to the construction site. At least street art/murals.. The fence/wall will be there for about 20 years - why not "green" it?