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Kelly Tuttle's avatar Kelly Tuttle

The artist paints on a translucent material with a gloss gel paint and installs the painted panels into the windows to give a stained glass effect. As the light shines through the windows, a beautiful display of color reflects around the room. "Flutter," is a word to describe the quick movement that a butterfly makes and can also be used to describe the first time a mother feels her baby kick in the womb. It is the word we use to describe the feeling in our stomach when we are nervous, excited, or falling in love. A word of action and a symbol of one being alive. Butterflies are a symbol of life, transformation, endurance, change, and hope. Ninety-four butterflies of various species from all over the world are represented in the mural. The artist travelled to four different butterfly gardens in Michigan, in order to research, photograph, and paint each of the butterflies depicted in the mural. The cherry blossom reminds us of life's beauty and fragility. Cherry blossoms were photographed by the artist in the spring at Frederik Meijer Gardens and then used as reference to create the mural composition. The Cherry Blossoms were dedicated to Frederik Meijer Gardens on October 9, 2012, in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees from Japan in 1912. The installation "Flutter" was created to make you feel INCLUDED in the diverse world in which you are a part of, GRATEFUL for the beauty and joy of life, THANKFUL for the community and relationships that you have, HOPEFUL that you can find peace amongst life's pain and challenges, and INSPIRED to "Flutter," and live out the purpose you were created for.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 1”
  • Medium: acrylic paint
  • Width: 33ft
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 12ft