Monarch Butterfly

The Migrating Mural is a series of murals that highlights animals along migration corridors they share with humans. The subject of the first Migrating Mural, produced between 2012-2014, was the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep.

The current Migrating Mural, launched in September 2017, focuses on the iconic and threatened monarch butterfly. Over the last twenty years US monarch populations have dropped more than eighty percent. The federal government is currently considering the monarch butterfly for endangered species status.

Found throughout the country, monarch butterflies are famous for their multi-generational migrations from Canada to Mexico. Tracing the path of the monarch across North America, the Migrating Mural drives support for habitat conservation and restoration while beautifying public spaces with monumental art.

Springdale, Arkansas

Named after the collective term for a group of monarch butterflies, Kaleidoscope depicts the magnificent insects fluttering in the shape of an infinity symbol, representing their endless migration cycle across North America. As a species that only lays eggs on milkweeds, the monarch caterpillar is depicted munching on common milkweed. A variety of coneflowers represents wildflowers that provide nectar to feed adult monarchs during their exhausting travels.

Mounted on an eight-story air traffic control tower at the Springdale Airport, this three-dimensional installation was created by digitizing an original painting created by Ink Dwell and then fabricating the image on vinyl and aluminum siding.

Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida

Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, which is the only thing monarch caterpillars eat! Milkweed contains toxins that monarchs ingest, making them poisonous to predators. This mural, called "Milkweed Galaxy", features swamp milkweed and serves as a reminder that these microhabitats—so easy for us humans to overlook—are wonderful worlds in themselves. It can be found at Full Sail University on 3500 University Blvd, Winter Park, Florida.

Orlando, Florida

This 3,500 square foot mural, titled "Midnight Dream", is located in downtown Orlando on the corner of Orange and Anderson, directly across from City Hall and the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts. It depicts monarchs flitting about a patch of butterfly weed, a tribute to the magical qualities of this delicate insect.

Ogden, Utah

Inspired by the 1960s Op-Art movement, "Monarch in Moda" explores the graphic patterns of monarch butterflies. Best known for their rich orange coloring, monarchs also flaunt dramatic black and white spotting on their wings and body, reminiscent of patterns used in Op Art work. Rooted in the concept of perception and movement, Op Art—short for “Optical Art”—uses a complex composition of patterns and colors to confuse and excite the eye, much like monarchs themselves. "Monarch in Moda" was commissioned to celebrate Ogden's new Nine Rails Creative District and is painted on a 60,000-square-foot maker's space which was named, in recognition of the mural, The Monarch

Ogden, Utah

Created for an artist-in-residence at The Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities at Weber State University, "Generations" celebrates the monarch butterfly’s remarkable, multi-generational migration pattern. Whether it is an eastern monarch migrating across the United States to Mexico for the winter, or Utah’s western monarch flying to California from the Rockies, no single butterfly makes the entire journey. It is a marvel and mystery of science: how do they know where to go? This mural showcases the stages of monarch growth from egg to butterfly amongst Utah wildflowers. Hues of burnt orange evoke the nostalgia of an old, sepia toned-photograph. At a center for higher learning, where generations of young minds have come to study, "Generations" tells a story of growth and discovery.