The Butterfly Effect

Pettit Smith
    2016 Winner

Come immerse yourself in The Butterfly Effect at The DeVos Center, where the skyway enters from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. "The Butterfly Effect" is an installation of 1,234 intricately hand-made bronze Monarch butterflies. Inspired by a shared love of nature and conservation, Bryce Pettit and Allison Leigh Smith cast 1,234 bronze butterflies to create love and awareness for the Monarch butterfly, whose numbers have dropped dramatically over the last 20 years. The first butterflies were created in 2015, and since then, have come to represent many things to many people. They are a symbol of joy, remembrance, beauty, and hope. The number 1,234 stands for growth in all those positive things, including the Monarch itself.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: bronze
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: variable

About Pettit Smith

Bryce Pettit and Allison Smith created "The Butterfly Effect" with nearly 30 combined years of professional art experience. Pettit is a bronze sculptor with many public pieces around the country. Smith is a classically trained oil painter with extensive experience in museum curation. Partners in life as well, this is their first collaboration together.