For the seventh year now, a flock of metal butterflies has landed in the Springs. They're part of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs' Butterflies & Friends
annual fundraiser to "raise awareness and funding to ensure that children receive essential arts programs in school." Specifically, funds will go toward arts programs in Colorado Springs School District 11 and the Rotary Club's Service Fund.
The 26 butterflies are decorated by artists and set on display from now through September, and will be auctioned off at a gala event on Oct. 11. Last year, the bugs raised over $130,000; and since their inception, over $250,000.
(Can I get personal here for a minute? As a D-11 product myself, the arts program could use all the help it can get. One high school art teacher I had was routinely humiliated by my rowdy classmates, culminating one day with a kid telling her to fuck off — hollering it, actually — and bolting out of the room. That woman needed a vacation, and a therapist, after my class.)
The butterflies are located throughout the downtown area, with two landing a little further south. There's a map
online where you can find each, and see what they look like. One's steampunk inspired, another speckled with stars. Some are themed — morning-and-evening, fire-and-ice — still others are more straightforward representations.
"Polly Ilon Papaver Papillon" by Nancy Neale, located at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.