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Butterfly Wonderlands' Las Mariposas Sculpture.

‘Las Mariposas’ Lands at Butterfly Wonderland

Next time you visit Butterfly Wonderland or OdySea in the Desert, you will notice a 45-foot-tall structure at the exterior of the facility holding two stainless-steel butterflies. The structure was placed on January 27.

The sculpture is called “Las Mariposas,” which is Spanish for “the butterflies.”

New Mexico artist Robert Romero created the sculpture, which took nearly a year to complete. According to press information, “Romero is world renowned for his precious-metal spiral fabrications, with thousands of pieces built and distributed across the globe.

“The sculpture, constructed of marine-grade stainless steel, features an elaborate interior method that allows the structure to float on its own weight, while proving impenetrable in even the worst weather conditions.”

Michael Sanchez, owner of the Michela Roti Gallery in New Mexico, which donated the sculpture to Butterfly Wonderland, said the sculpture “is a representation of the importance of the movement and the impact a healthy environment provides.” Officially, the Sanchez Family Trust is the donor of the sculpture.

The size of the sculpture is so grand, Sanchez said, “so that the world can see their reflection [in it], in hopes of all making our individual change.”

Sanchez found Butterfly Wonderland and met with owner Amram Knishinsky before the OdySea Aquarium broke ground, and they sealed the deal for the sculpture in July 2015.

Butterfly Wonderland features the largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory in America, educational laboratories and interactive exhibits, a 3D movie theater, a gift shop and a café-style dining area. Butterfly Wonderland is located within the 35-acre OdySea in the Desert, just east of Loop 101 on East Via de Ventura.

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