Pamela's ArtPrize Ten (2018) Installation

ArtPrize Ten (2018) Artist

Voted Top 25 in Time-Based

Broken Wings

but·ter·fly ef·fect
noun: butterfly effect
The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.

Broken Wings can travel to your community to offer a safe space for healing discussions concerning gun violence and other harmful actions. This installation offers an alternative solution to work towards resolving the increasing death rate inflicted by guns in our country. Based on the notion of the butterfly effect, the art portrays how multiple tiny movements can influence change.

Broken Wings enacts the Butterfly Effect of Kindness, reminding students that every small deed or word has an effect. This notion solidifies through joint contributions as participants watch the “kindness project” grow. The exhibit challenges students to empower others through empathy and kindness, especially those who are hurting, isolated, bullied, or struggling through caustic emotions. Broken Wings is about healing our nation.

Powerful message for schools and anyone concerned for our growing unkind culture.
Former teacher

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Read the inspirational story behind Broken Wings

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation

Broken Wings invited participants to help heal our culture through small acts of kindness

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation

At the exhibit, young visitors learned that, like the tiny motion from a butterfly's wings, even the smallest deed or word has an effect

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation

The work stressed that every interaction—positive or negative—has the potential to change the course of someone's life

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation

Connect a colorful band as a commitment to start a Butterfly Effect where one positive choice impacts another positive choice—to help better our world

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation 65,000 ribbons on Broken Wings installation at the end of ArtPrize Ten

We are grateful that 65,000 ArtPrize visitors made a promise to start the Butterfly Effect of kindness

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Special thanks to Moonlight Graphics, Bridge Street Electric, Marijo Heemstra, Patty Alexander, Jan VanderWall, Kim Seitler-Videto, Bohan Li, Rachel Rinker Tollefson, Kathy Pluymert, Barb Handley, and John Burri for their valuable contributions to Broken Wings.

Moonlight Graphics - Bridge Street Electric

Over 350,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on exhibits during the first ten years of the international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her popular work has become known for engaging viewers through participatory art. Each ArtPrize project or theme can be customized for your needs. Contact Pamela today to commission a hands-on exhibit and presentation that focuses on raising awareness and finding solutions to life's challenges.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009