by Andrew Crisp
A butterfly stolen from the outstretched palm of a statue outside the Women's and Children's Alliance has officially been returned and restored.
"Well, our statue is whole again," said Beatrice Black, WCA executive director. "She was reinstalled by one of the members of the Boise Sculptors Guild, and we're glad to have it back and restored."
"Taking Flight" was crafted by the Guild to serve as a symbol of the WCA's mission. The statue was vandalized in March and the butterfly was returned after a short Boise Police Department campaign.
But Black mentioned that an idea from a proactive Facebook group wasn't lost on the WCA. Boise's Open Hand, a group created by Greg Hampikian, suggested leaving the hand of the sculpture's main subject open, allowing for the community to contribute flowers and other items.
"I thought that was great, that kind of participation," said Black. "We thought: maybe is there something else we can add to the statute, like a basket at her feet where the community can interact?"
The WCA floated the idea via its Facebook page, asking for thoughts on how to keep the spirit of the Open Hand alive without sacrificing the symbol of metamorphosis intended by the Guild.
"The artwork was many years in the making and started with a vision and a design, so I think to restore it to that vision was important in my mind," said Black. "This extra component of people wanting to interact with it, is there another way we can create where the community can do that?"
No plans for an added element have been put together yet, but the WCA is accepting public feedback on the idea.