Inspiring butterfly emerges at last
AN ART teacher from Hanham Woods Academy has designed a mural that aims to inspire hope in Stokes Croft.
Emma Holloway is also known by her artist name Urban Butterfly. The community project was commissioned in summer 2019 and is aiming to be one of city’s biggest murals this year.
The first half of the artwork was completed in 2019, but painting the second half was delayed by Covid-19 restrictions.
Around 20 people from all backgrounds and ages supported Emma during the final half of painting at the end of August, and the mural was completed on the 30 foot side of the E5 Church on Jamaica Street.
Using the journey of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly, the mural is designed to be a celebration of both diversity and transformation.
Emma told the Voice: “Colour, beauty and art have a direct influence on one’s wellbeing and ability to dream. Children especially need to be around this to visualise a different future. My hope is that this mural inspires all who look at it, including my students, to remember that they’re deeply valuable and unique (like gemstones) and in the words of best selling illustrator Charlie Mackesy, have something to ‘bring to this world....(that) no one else can’. That they have the potential to personally transform, even against all the odds, becoming their best selves and bring positive transformation wherever they are (the butterfly).
“Education, childhood, home and the classroom are a significant part of the chrysalis experience, they form and shape us. The challenge for teachers is creating a culture in our classrooms that inspires hope, expectancy, positive ambition and allows children the freedom to become all they can be.
“I guess I’m trying to model it by doing it, I am learning as much as they are and we are slowly transforming the art room, department and school through murals and excellent examples into an inspirational place to dream”.