About the Project
When Ronald McDonald House of Dallas approaches Carlyn with the idea of creating an installation above the staircase in their new wing, group involvement immediately comes to her mind! The idea of butterflies and family participation come together into this magical design.
With the families of the sick kids, staff and board members participating, the butterflies are created at RMDH. This makes the piece even more special as it comes from the hands, hearts, and imaginations of many beautiful people. Each glass butterfly is cutout, decorated, slumped so the wings look like they are flying and finally a hole is drilled in them so they can be hung by a cable. More than 700 butterflies hang from the ceiling to be enjoyed in this new wing and shadow boxes in each of the rooms also has the individually decorated butterflies. Carlyn loves sparking the imagination, sharing creativity, and sparking that childlike imagination in communities like Ronald McDonald House. This is a very special project as everyone sometimes needs a reminder of hope, love, and just being in the moment. Creativity does just that, celebrates the beauty of the moment.
My most exciting part was seeing my boys having fun being creative.
To me, butterflies symbolize: 'freedom and something new,' – Jessica; 'liberty and elegance,' Angie; 'happiness and beauty,' – Katie; 'peace and serenity,'- Allison; and 'hope and joy,' -Corinne.
My favorite part was creating part of a project with fellow residents.
The most exciting part is knowing that it will be part of an installation that countless people will be able to enjoy and that it may bring a bright spot to their day.
I loved seeing the different designs and creativity of all the participants.
This was a fun opportunity to be creative.
This was an amazing experience filled with therapy! It was wonderful to take time out of a day filled with many responsibilities to relax a moment.