Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

I just found out about a worldwide event... The Butterfly Effect...
A project underway called "The Butterfly Project" hosted by The Holocaust Museum Houston in Texas, USA.

Their mission:

The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy.

Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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.
What an awesome memorial .....1.5 million children remembered by 1.5 million butterflies....

Butterflies were choses as the project is based on this poem -

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.)

Would you like to be a part of this? Join in and make a butterfly?

We'll call it ....The Butterfly Effect "OPEN"  ...borrowing from chaos theory, but much more importantly based on the wonderful notion that if enough people think enough healing thoughts, then slowly our world will be at peace.  No one said it better than Gandhi - Be the change you want to see in the world. Wouldn't this be a great place to start?
Here's what to do... Follow the instructions as outlined by the Holocaust Museum :

Instructions for Making the Butterfly:

No larger than 8x10 inches (20x25cms).
Any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
No glitter or glitter-related products to be used.
No food products to be used.

When your butterfly is completed, post on your blog about it, and keep the links active..... e-mail a pic of your butterflies, to  Pop it into an envelope with TWO copies of the submission form (found here) and mail it to:
Holocaust Museum Houston
Butterfly Project  - Education Dept.
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

Spread the Word! Add the pic of the hand holding the butterfly above to your sidebar and link it back here.  Or write a post about it, or post your butterfly to your sidebar.

Finally - here are a few links for more information:  The Butterfly Project, Butterfly Utopia (direct link to black and white butterfly images)

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Softpencil said...

What a great project Pauline! I´ll try to send my butterfly :)