CEDAR FALLS — The 53 butterfly sculptures that appeared over several days last month on the lawn of Waterloo’s Lowell Elementary School have now migrated to the area surrounding the Little Red Schoolhouse.
The Cedar Falls landmark is at 205 W. First St., which is along the route of Iowa Highway 57. The move is thanks to six teams of young artists that created the wooden brightly-painted sculptures. About 100 students of all ages from Waterloo and Cedar Falls are part of the effort.
At the core of the project is the 15-member Youth Art Team, which lead this urban intervention project. The team has been working together and creating art since 2010 through a partnership between Orchard Hill and Harvest Vineyard churches, hosted by Link Christian Community Development.
The project’s goal, according to a news release about the move, is to instill in the young artists who create this fluid work of art the knowledge that their actions have the power to alter the dynamics of the community. This project models the butterfly effect, a term describing the potential for one small change in a condition to affect a large and complex system.
An outdoor celebration recognizing the artists is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. May 23 at a location yet to be announced. The event is free and open to the public. Watch the Youth Art Team’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/youthartteam in May to find out where the event will be held.