Friday, October 10, 2008

Ta Da!

Ta Da! It was that kind of moment on Thursday when the horn blew and the first butterflies were unveiled. "Tranquility," painted by artist Nate Brown, center, sits at the foot of Lafayette Park on the bank of the Alabama River. Sponsors are Raymond and Ann Thomas, left, and Kathi and George Needham, right, and McNair and JoAnn Ramsey, not shown. More than 40 of these five-foot-tall sculptures are stationed across Selma's downtown historic district. The Butterfly Project is sponsored by the Dallas County Arts Alliance as an effort to showcase the artistic talent in Selma to begin a downtown revitalization. The entire project is locally produced. Butterfly Flight Path maps will be available this weekend at the Alabama Tale-Tellin' Festival and Riverfront Market Day. Most of the butterflies can be seen via walking tours. The rest are a short driving distance away.

To see more photos of the ceremony and other butterflies, check out The Butterfly Project.

14 comments:

Kathleen said...

It was an awesome evening!!
Your link to the other butterflies will not open for me.
It was GREAT meeting you!

Jim said...

Neat idea. What a way to show art and get people to exercise and see other parts of town.

Rose said...

The link didn't open for me, either. But I love the one you show.

The Texican said...

I really do need to come to Selma. Pappy

Rambling Round said...

Kathleen and Rose, thank you so much for letting me know the butterfly link didn't open. I believe it is fixed now!

It was great meeting you, Kathleen! I believe this butterfly project has introduced a lot of locals who didn't know each other.
(By the way, Kathleen's "From Sea to Shining Sea" butterfly is stationed at the post office. Check her beautiful artwork on her blog, linked to this site.)

Rambling Round said...

Hi there, Pappy! I have a Butterfly Flight Path map waiting for you. Come on up to Selma.

Rambling Round said...

Ha ha, Jim, I did more walking yesterday evening getting photos of butterflies than I have done in awhile! I expect to do more this weekend.

Tanya said...

Beautiful! What a fun idea. Kind of like the Dawgs around Athens :)

PJ said...

As you know Pensacola has pelicans instead of butterflies. I think pelicans are okay, but I prefer the butterflies. Well done!

Lessie said...

Great action shot. Looking forward to seeing more of the butterflies on your blog. :)

Halcyon said...

Ooooh! It is really lovely! I hope you'll be showing us some other angles.

Hope said...

What a great idea! I would love to see these in person! We've had bears around our city in a similar fashion.

Jana said...

Those are amazing sculptures!

dot said...

I would love to visit Selma and see all of those!