Minnesota Moment: MOA unveils butterfly art installation on Earth Day

April 22, 2019 10:37 PM

Visitors to the Mall of America will see a new art exhibit on display.

The installation features a 30-foot Monarch butterfly with over 300 surrounding butterflies suspended from the atrium skylight. The new art aims to educate about the decline of monarch butterflies and other pollinators, according to the Mall of America.


'Kaleidoscope' is made out of recycled materials. Artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella used a unique combination of commonly discarded materials, including more than 700 coat hangers, 600 tasting spoons, 800 yards of fabric and 100 yards of window screen material. Hundreds of volunteers worked with the artist to hand-create every one of the 372 butterflies that surround the Monarch centerpiece. 

"This installation draws attention to the crisis of our pollinator populations and the habitats they rely upon," Lutter-Gardella said in a release from the MOA. "Butterflies are not just pretty insects on which we should dote, but are part of the life-stream essential to our very survival." 

Kaleidoscope will be on display in the North Atrium for visitors to enjoy through August 2019.

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