The Conwy Butterfly Project 2021
The events of the past year can remind us of the humble caterpillar, slowly crawling around all day, munching on leaves, restricted and undramatic. Fortunately, we know that things don’t end there. The caterpillar forms a chrysalis around itself, inside which an amazing transformation is taking place. But even then, it has to be patient and persevere; to show resilience in not giving up; to keep going even when things are tough because of the promise of what is yet to come.
When it finally emerges, it does so in the form of a beautiful butterfly, spreading its wings and taking flight. Wow! How amazing is that?! Butterflies are often seen as a powerful symbol of change and transformation, of hope and new life, of new beginnings and freedom. We have all had our hidden struggles in this past year, but just like the butterfly, we are emerging into a life filled with new opportunities and a hope of better things to come.
St Mary’s Church in Conwy are working with a local artist called Jackie Ley to put together a butterfly art installation in the church over the summer. Hundreds of butterflies are going to be made and hung from the lights. Every time the door opens the butterflies will flutter around to dramatic effect. People will have the opportunity to write on a square of OS map about how they have felt over the past year, what their worries have been, how covid-19 has changed life, exploring hopes and dreams for the future and maybe write a prayer. The squares will then be turned into origami butterflies and added to the installation. Zoya Zuvcenko will be making a smaller butterfly installation for St John’s Conwy too.
Gareth and Kathryn, the Children and Family workers at St John’s Conwy have been involved with the development of the project and have led workshops with Rev Eryl Parry from St Mary’s Conwy at Ysgol Porth y Felin (Yrs. 5& 6) and Ysgol Llangelynnin (Nursery -yr6) over the past week, working with almost 200 children. Ysgol Aberconwy (Yrs. 7,8,9) will be taking part in the project in the coming weeks. Each young person has the opportunity to write down their thoughts and feelings & make their own origami butterfly which will be added to the installation. We are really looking forward to seeing how this timely project spreads its wings and flies, giving voice to the hidden thoughts and hopes of our local community.