The town is seeking artists to submit designs.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is seeking artists to submit designs for a project that will entail 30 fiberglass butterflies — one representing each decade of Westfield’s 300 years in existence, officials announced.

Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, liaison to Westfield Public Arts Commission said that the COVID-19 pandemic gave the proposal for the temporary art installation even more meaning.

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“It seemed that in a year of uncertainly when we couldn’t be sure when we would be able to gather as a community that maybe having public art installations is something the community could safely enjoy,” Mackey told TAPinto Westfield.

She said the town has already secured sponsors for many of the butterfly exhibits. Among the sponsors are the parents of Maddie Sanford, an 18-year-old Westfield High School student who lost her battle with brain cancer last year.

“The community will benefit from this project in many different ways,” said Alexandra Sanford, Maddie's mother. “It will bring us together and help us focus on positive thoughts as we emerge from our isolation as butterflies emerge from chrysalis.”

The project is funded through grants and donations, Mackey said, and the butterflies will be auctioned off at the completion of the project.

Local and area artists are encouraged to submit designs by filling out the butterfly templates available here on the town website. The deadline for submissions is May 28. People interested in sponsoring a butterfly may email publicart@westfieldnj.gov.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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