I am in the research and development phase of a new work called The Butterfly Effect, which will (hopefully) be realised in 2021.

This research is funded by Wakefield Council through Creative Wakefield’s Creative Challange,

Details of how the project will develop are outlined below. For now I’m asking people to send me their thoughts on twitter @Tony_Wades or via email tonywadearts@gmail.com

Next year, when greater social interaction is possible, it will be a more hands on project.

The Butterfly Effect

An exploration and celebration of the positive steps everyone can take, individually and collectively, to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact.

The Butterfly Effect, initially proposed by American Mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz. suggests the important part small changes can make to vast and complex systems, hence his famous question Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?

The Butterfly Effect project will involve schools, community groups, libraries and individuals across the Wakefield District.

I also want this to work nationally and internationally as well so that people from the Wakefield District are working collaboratively with the rest of the world on one creative project and hopefully gain an understanding that this is a global issue that can be tackled on a local level. I will use my previous experience of gather international contributions for the project Relative as a starting point for this element of the project.

The project aims to inform people about the importance and value of the small changes we can make to help the environment and to inspire them to make those changes themselves.

The project – Using social media, emails to schools and groups, and other publicity I will ask people to draw a butterfly on a piece of tracing paper, or similar, (templates can be downloaded from my web site – see images at the bottom of this post – and packs of tracing paper can be sent out if needed – the preferred method would be for people to use a piece they already have and recycle that).

Within the butterfly shape, I will ask people to write about one small change they can make/or have made to help the environment.

I will aim to gather a minimum of 1000 butterflies, (If one butterfly can create a tornado, what positive impact on the climate can 1000 have?) but it might end up with 10,000. 

The tracing paper wings will be folded so that any passing breeze will cause the wings to move gently. There are a number of collective nouns for butterflies including ‘a kaleidoscope’, ‘a rainbow’, ‘a rabble’ and ‘a flutter’.

Note –

  • tracing papers I’m using are naturally transparent and are made from 100% pure cellulose fibre without the use of transparentising chemicals
  • Unlike resin-impregnated translucent paper, this tracing paper is 100% recyclable and biodegradable
  • the tracing papers are manufactured from Elemental Chlorine Free and Total Chlorine Free woodpulp from well managed and renewable forest sources that have been certified as FSC or FSC controlled wood

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