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North Texas' Largest Public Art Installed At Frisco's Kaleidoscope Park

Spanning 165 feet, Butterfly Rest Stop utilizes nearly 90 miles of fiber

The highly anticipated Kaleidoscope Park is on its way to completion. Situated adjacent to HALL Park’s Texas Sculpture Garden, the park’s focal point is the stunning creation, Butterfly Rest Stop, crafted by internationally acclaimed sculptor and fabric artist Janet Echelman. 

This artwork adorns the Arts Plaza, symbolizing the monarch butterfly's migration through the region. It was installed over the last several days and securely suspended on towering pylons. Butterfly Rest Stop stands as one of Texas's largest outdoor public art installations. 

“Great art enhances our lives and causes us to step back from our daily routines and think about the world we live in,” said Craig Hall, founder and chairman of Hall Group, in an official statement. “Janet Echelman’s unique works have inspired millions around the world, and we are thrilled to bring her newest creation to the great city of Frisco.”

Butterfly Rest Stop delves into the intricate relationship between humanity and nature within the public realm. Vital to Earth's ecosystem, butterflies and other pollinators face challenges, notably the decline of monarch populations due to dwindling milkweed along their migratory paths through Frisco. 

Reflecting the essence of milkweed flowers, the sculpture's design embodies their forms, patterns, and hues. Constructed from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers akin to those employed by NASA for the Mars Rover, the artwork features two ethereal five-petaled shapes suspended gracefully in the air. Spanning 165 feet, this intricately crafted piece utilizes nearly 90 miles of fiber. Emphasizing the pollinator theme, native milkweed has been planted in Kaleidoscope Park’s Arts Plaza, offering a welcoming habitat for monarch butterflies.

“It’s meaningful to me to be asked to contribute to this new, beautiful public park for North Texas,” Echelman said. “When I learned the monarch butterflies migrate through the area each October, I wanted to plant milkweed underneath to help create a sustaining pollinator corridor, and to suspend my first flower-inspired sculpture in the sky to remind us of our interconnected destinies, and of the interconnected systems of the natural world of which we are a small part.”

The public is welcome to explore Butterfly Rest Stop and the entire Kaleidoscope Park during its Grand Opening this upcoming fall. Upon its debut, the park will host a range of complimentary programs celebrating the distinctive spirit of North Texas, such as concerts, diverse musical and dance performances and various health and recreational activities. Visitors can also enjoy amenities like a children’s play area, a dog park, expansive performance lawns, technology terraces, shaded promenades and inviting plazas.

Situated near the Dallas North Tollway at Warren Parkway in Frisco, Texas, Kaleidoscope Park spans six acres and enjoys close proximity to prominent attractions such as The Star, Stonebriar Centre, Legacy West, The Shops at Legacy, The Boardwalk and Granite Park.

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