Art Alchemy Studio

Mixed Media Art by Chaska Peacock

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

Today I want to invite you to participate in this project.

Gathering 1.5 million handmade butterflies to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost in the holocaust.

The project's name is derived from 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.

Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942


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