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The Butterfly

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The Butterfly

The Butterfly

This sculpture was birthed out of a piece of music called Oratorio Terezin. The oratorio was inspired by a book of children’s poetry from the Holocaust titled “I never saw another butterfly.” The child is leaning on the inside of the crematorium door in a fetal position, and is totally abandoned. On the other side you see an exact copy of the oven doors from Auschwitz, the camp that the vast majority of the children from Terezin with killed. Also from this side you see the arm of the child is penetrating the closed door and clutching a small piece of ground just outside of the door. The ground represents the land of Israel. The hand of the child is possessing the land but it becomes the butterfly that the child never sees. The land is covered with olive leaves, symbolizing olive oil that from a biblical understanding brings healing and anointing. This becomes their physical resurrection.

 

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