A Thousand Butterflies

In partnership with the Co-op and Easi Works (Autism Plus) we are running a community art project over the winter and spring. Our aim is to create a community art installation consisting of 1,000 colourful butterflies under the library’s willow tree.

The art installation will be a striking and memorable reflection of the years 2020 and 2021 and how their particular challenges have affected us all.

STAGE ONE: COMPLETED

The project’s first stage involved inviting people to participate and is completed.

STAGE TWO: HAPPENING NOW!

Over 1,200 free plywood butterfly blanks have been distributed to the groups and individuals who registered to take part.

They’ve been busy decorating one side of their butterfly to their individual style, using their imaginations to produce something truly unique. The other side of the butterfly is for a personal message of remembrance, hope, inspiration, love and friendship. A verse, a thought, a quotation or just a few words – the choice is theirs.

PROJECT UPDATE: April 2021

WE ALREADY HAVE OVER 600 DECORATED AND VARNISHED BUTTERFLIES AND WE WOULD NOW LOVE TO HAVE YOURS TO JOIN THEM!

Please return your butterfly (or butterflies) to the community library from Monday 12th April. Just drop them in the Butterfly Bin you’ll find in the library.  Here are our opening times.

It would be a great help if you could please return your butterfly by FRIDAY 30th APRIL.

We are aiming to welcome the summer and the continuing easing of Lockdown by having the butterfly installation ready for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.

If you’ve changed your mind about being part of the project that’s no problem.  Please simply return your blank butterfly so we can pass it on to someone else.

STAGE ThREE

The installation will be created in late May ready for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

The butterflies will subsequently be found a permanent home elsewhere.

Who’S TAKING PART?

Over 1,200 people registered in Project Stage 1 to receive a butterfly to decorate. The art project was open to anyone in the local community and the following organisations received a direct invitation to participate:

  • Primary Schools.
  • All toddler and pre-school groups.
  • All residential and care homes.
  • The University of the Third Age (U3A).
  • St. Monica’s Hospital.
  • All local organisations and clubs such as the Lions etc.
  • Easingwold and District Community Care Association (EDCCA).
  • Local churches.
  • The Boot Shop, Hesley Group, Mencap etc.
  • Local Women’s Institutes.
  • Local youth organisations – COZIE, guides, brownies, scouts, and cub scouts etc.
  • Local businesses through Wold Class.
  • The Tourist Information Office.
  • The Freemasons.

ART PROJECT FUNDING

The project is being funded by the North Yorkshire ‘Stronger Community’ Fund through an application made by Easingwold Community Library, and by donations from generous businesses and individuals to whom we are grateful.