These two stainless steel monarch sculptures “Grand Monarch” and “Kaleidoscope of Monarchs” were commissioned by the City of Riverside, MO. They will be permanently installed this month along the monarch migration route in Renner Brenner Park.
Kaleidoscope of Monarchs, Stainless steel
This sculpture reflects the profusion of butterflies that make their epic migration along this route. Utilizing a series of different-sized Monarch silhouettes, the sculpture achieves structural integrity through precise welding of the butterflies.
All these varied shapes interact in an undulating parade of images that visually coalesce as visitors pass by. The cut-out negative areas in the Monarch wings are an integral part of the design that allows us to see through the profiles and help incorporate the surrounding landscape into the visual experience.
Grand Monarch, Stainless steel, Corten steel
This landmark sculpture is made up of many stainless steel Monarch silhouettes strategically welded together to form a graceful and distinctive work of art.
From afar, the Grand Monarch appears as one contiguous butterfly. Getting closer, one sees that it is made up of a profusion of individual butterflies. This monumental Monarch seems to have a cosmic magnet which is suspending the cacophony of smaller butterflies to form a single cohesive image.