Inspired by the annual
migration of Monarchs, this work celebrates the connections between
the United States and Mexico, and the diverse migration through the
Rio Grande, also referred to as the Magical Valley or Magic
Country. Mutual respect and collaboration between cultures and
eco-systems represent the future of our planet, and the work thematically
connects to this notion of interdependency.
In Mexican tradition, a butterfly passing or crossing your path is a
good omen. Symbols of migration, rebirth and renewal, they move freely
and develop through a process of metamorphosis. The work is comprised
of metamorphic butterflies, in which human eyes have been incorporated
into the pattern of Monarch butterfly wings.
Ranging in size from 3 foot to 10 foot, they appear to be flying along
the central portion and over the arched roof of the Inspection Station
Building as you enter the US from Mexico. Responding to the movement
of the sun, the work casts changing patterns of colors and shadows along
the surface of the building, creating a kinetic visual effect.
Location: US Border Station, Pharr, Texas
Materials: aluminum, stainless steel, fused glass, automotive
Dimensions: 32 ft. H x 56 ft. W x 6 ft. D
Art in Architecture Program, General Services Administration