Cape May, New Jersey Butterfly Sculpture Highlights Now Endangered Monarch Species

NEW JERSEY — The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey launched the new “Dream Machine Monarch” on Friday, helping families learn about the important butterflies that fly through Cape May.

Brazilian-born artist Rubem Robierb launched his Dream Machine butterfly in 2018. The oversized sculpture invites guests to immerse themselves between the wings to learn more about the monarch. On Friday, the ribbon was cut on a new permanent installation at the Garrett Family Preserve.

“I remember when I was a kid, I was in Brazil seeing butterflies and interacting with nature,” Robierb said. “Maybe that’s why I’m always fascinated by butterflies. Because butterflies represent transformation.”

Robierb’s brilliant orange-hued artwork will serve as a new landmark, inviting guests to explore nature and imagine even the wildest dreams of a caterpillar.

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“We all have to invent ourselves every day, and in fact I think today that’s why people like to interact with my art,” he said.

The Garrett Family Preserve, home to the new sculpture, has 180 acres of marsh marsh and native wildflower fields.

“This reserve in particular protects a lot of pollinator habitat,” said Barbara Brummer, NJ State Director at the Nature Conservancy. “It’s up to us to help protect the habitat of all wildlife.”

Since 1951, Nature Conservancy has connected people to their environment in creative ways. With more than one million members and more than 400 scientists, the global effort contributes to conservation in 76 countries and territories. This includes areas close to home, such as New Jersey, where they have protected 60,000 acres of land.

To learn more about the Nature Conservancy, visit their website.

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