World renowned Mi’kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy, partnered with Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the province of Nova Scotia to create 3D Butterfly, a 4.5 meter wide by 4.5 meter high mural. The mural was painted live in the Halifax Stanfield main lobby over three days in August of 2013. Alan did this work while standing on scaffolding, two storeys high.
The public was invited to the terminal to watch Alan’s creation unfold in person or view the progress online. The event was live-streamed along with regular updates posted to Facebook and Twitter and the weekend was a celebration of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq culture with music and friends.
A year after 3D Butterfly was complete, award winning filmmaker, Nance Ackerman provided the debut screening of her short film, Carry Me Home, which chronicles the creation of the painting and explains the symbolism of the butterfly. This night also marked the beginning of the journey the butterfly completed across Nova Scotia, and Canada, during 2015.
The print depicts a butterfly and is done with the Mi’kmaq double-curve motif, which symbolizes life. The butterfly represents the freedom of the soul to wander and it flies in the ray of Grandfather Sun, the giver of life.