Broken Wings

ArtPrize Ten (2018) Artist

Voted Top 25 in Time-Based

Releasing Kindness

but·ter·fly ef·fect
noun: butterfly effect
The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.

Broken Wings can travel to your community to create a safe space for healing discussions about kindness. This installation offers an alternative solution to work towards resolving cultural or relational divisions. Based on the notion of the butterfly effect, the art portrays how multiple tiny movements can influence positive change.

Broken Wings enacts the Butterfly Effect of Kindness, reminding individuals that every small deed or word has an effect. This notion solidifies through collective contributions as the project grows. The exhibit challenges participants to explore new ways to empower others through empathy and action, especially those who are hurting, isolated, bullied, or in need of a healing touch.

Powerful message for schools and anyone concerned for our growing unkind culture.
Former teacher

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Read the inspirational story behind Broken Wings

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation

Broken Wings invited participants to help heal our culture through small acts of kindness

Visitors adding ribbons to Broken Wings installation

At the exhibit, young visitors learned that, like the tiny motion from a butterfly's wings, even the smallest deed or word has an effect

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The work stressed that every interaction—positive or negative—has the potential to change the course of someone's life

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Connect a colorful band as a commitment to start a Butterfly Effect where one positive choice impacts another positive choice—to help better our world

65,000 ribbons on Broken Wings installation at the end of ArtPrize Ten

We are grateful that 65,000 ArtPrize visitors made a promise to start the Butterfly Effect of kindness

Help spread kindness through art

Help spread kindness through art.

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Broken Wings is expanding with new iterations of the work.

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Special thanks to Moonlight Graphics, Bridge Street Electric, Marijo Heemstra, Patty Alexander, Jan VanderWall, Kim Seitler-Videto, Bohan Li, Rachel Rinker Tollefson, Kathy Pluymert, Barb Handley, and John Burri for their valuable contributions to Broken Wings.

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Over 350,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on installations over the first ten years of ArtPrize. Drawing on her own journey towards restoration, her popular work continues to expand to new communities, focusing on finding solutions to life's challenges. Contact Pamela today to commission an interactive exhibit, virtual experience, or inspiring presentation—utilizing art as a healing tool.