Butterfly Sculpture Project

Butterfly Sculptures in Flagler Park


Butterfly Sculpture Project
Hamrick Butterfly Garden
Flagler Park # 6 - Downtown Okeechobee

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State,

Division of Cultural Aairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture

and the State of Florida” (Section 286.25, Florida Statute)

Okeechobee Main Street was awarded a grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for a public art sculpture project to be installed in downtown Okeechobee.

Upon receiving the grant, the project was approved by the City of Okeechobee to be installed in Flagler Park. This project is a sculpture installation of eight large metal butterflies, designed and painted by local artists, including high school students who painted two of the butterflies alongside of residents of an assisted living facility. Many community businesses supported the project though matching funds sponsorships, with a local car dealer, Gilbert Family of Companies coating and sealing all the sculptures with a weather and UVA protectant.

On June 30th  the installation was presented in the Hamrick Butterfly Garden.  

Meet the Artists!

Angie Griffin
"Rainbow Hope"
Bridgette Waldau
"Lady Madonna"
Diane Richmond Hall
"Soaring Flagler"
Dana Vines
"Dripping in Florida"
Fawn McNeill
"Sent From Above"
Kathy Scott
"Wings of Sunflower Faith"
Bridgette Waldau
"Rock 'n Roll Heaven"

Meet the Student Artists!

Rodolfo Juarez IV
Okeechobee High School
Chelsea Burgos
Okeechobee High School
"Change is Good"

Meet the Grand Oaks Artists!

Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility Residents
who painted along side the OHS Students!
George Corbin - Sam Smith - Jean Wallace - Nina Bach
Ruth Durham -Doris Minton and Activity Director: Kimberly Rucks


Butterfly Sculpture Seen from the Sky


Installation & Dedication Photos!

Community Support!

Thanks to all in the community who helped make this project possible!
The City of Okeechobee  |  Okeehcobee County Sheriff's Department
Ben Fafka (Extension Office Master Gardener)  |  Frank DeCarlo (American Drilling Services)
Matt Buston (Buxton Bass Funeral Home & Crematory)
Mill Iron Metalworks  |  Mira Realty | Nutmegs Cafe
Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility  | Okeechobee High School
Corporate & Private Donors:
Terry & Maureen Burroughs  |  Staffords Salon  |  Lillies & Lace Boutique
George & Mary Beth Cooper  |  Waste Management  | ​The Budjinski Family
Community Partners for Health through the Arts
Gilbert Family of Companies (Gilbert Collision Center)
Project Donors:
Fine Art Club of Okeechobee
Bridgette Waldau Studio of Art
Butterfly Memorial Sponors
Bridgette Waldau & sisters Jerilyn and Shawn  |  Donna Walpole & the Barber Family | The Stas Family
Renina Hamrick | Lisa Marie Turtle  |  Lillies & Lace Boutique | Family & Friends of Trey Howard
Butterfly Bench Donors
Mill Iron Metalworks | Shirley Palmer
Thanks to Joanie & Andrew Tomlin and Shirley Palmer for the great photos!
We also give thanks to the press for following this project and reaching out to the community on our behalf
Okeechobee News | Okeechobee The Magazine | True Country WOKC | Heartland LIVING Magazine