Events: Arizona - Phoenix - Scottsdale
- Unveiling of Las Mariposas Sculpture at Butterfly Wonderland
- 01.27.2017 09.00AM
- Butterfly Wonderland - Scottsdale
- Art Events
Butterfly Wonderland has been graced with its biggest butterfly yet, that will soon be revealed to the public. On display at the exterior foyer of Butterfly Wonderland located at the OdySea in the Desert entertainment destination, the stunning Las Mariposas sculpture stands an impressive 45 feet tall, with the butterflies’ expansive wings extending 25 feet from base to wing.
With the installation complete, Butterfly Wonderland proudly unveils Las Mariposas on Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:00 a.m. The debut event, which is free and open to the public, includes live music by Nouveau Papillon. In addition, the artist himself will be on hand signing limited edition Las Mariposa’s replica sculptures, which have each been hand-crafted in three sizes and individually stamped, are available for purchase in the Butterfly Treasures gift shop.
Amram Knishinsky, Butterfly Wonderland founder and CEO, says, “This sculpture represents our love of butterflies as nature’s artwork. We are proud to display Las Mariposas for our local residents and our visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
Taking nearly a year to complete, Las Mariposas is considered to be the largest known butterfly sculpture in the world, and is certain to become an attraction in and of itself at Butterfly Wonderland. The presentation of Las Mariposas to Butterfly Wonderland has been made possible by Michela Roti Gallery in New Mexico, gallery owner Michael Sanchez, and the entire Sanchez Family Trust — Crystal, Brooke, Alejandro, and Sofia Sanchez.
New Mexico-based artist Robert Romero is world renowned for his precious metal spiral fabrications — with thousands of pieces built and distributed across the globe. His Las Mariposas sculpture, constructed of marine grade stainless steel, features an elaborate interior method that allows the structure to literally float on its own weight, while proving impenetrable in even the worst weather conditions. Though strong in structure, the visual beauty of a smaller butterfly resting on the larger butterfly’s wing tip exhibits the amazingly delicate yet tenacious character of one of nature’s most beloved inhabitants.