Roundabout aflutter to support hospice

  • Butterfly effect: new art installation Transformation by Nicky Gurret at Crow Lane Roundabout, Paget (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Transformation by Nicky Gurret at Crow Lane Roundabout, Paget (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Symbols of hope have risen from the flowers at a busy roundabout in aid of the charity set up to support the island’s hospice.

The sea of blue butterflies at Crow Lane roundabout near Hamilton was the work of Nicky Gurret, a Bermudian artist who backed a new version of the annual fundraiser by Agape House support group Friends of Hospice.

The 22-year-old traditional Rubber Duck Derby in St George’s Harbour has been changed to butterflies this year and they will feature at a family event next month.

Ms Gurret created the fundraising tool to be used at the colourful Butterfly Blast to be held in Victoria Park in Hamilton on September 12.

The installation at the roundabout at the end of East Broadway is called Transformation, and was created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic upending normal life.

Ms Gurret said the concept was “that change is possible and now more than ever required” during a time of “uncertainty and upheaval”.

She added: “We must all come together like the blue butterflies and transform.”

Jennifer Mahoney, the executive director of Friends of Hospice, said the butterfly hunt, with winners netting raffle prizes, would combine fun and safe social-distancing.

The installation at the roundabout followed a pitch in May by the Department of Parks to Bermuda’s artists for ideas for a display to accompany its summer flower display.

Ms Gurret, an award-winning flower artist who has worked with the department before, created the butterflies from recycled aluminium drinks cans.

Four different butterfly sizes were painted blue and set up at various heights using steel wire.

The display has more than 250 butterflies with two chrysalises and two caterpillars.

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