The butterflyeffect 

The Butterfly effekt.

Childrens drawings and thoughts on 500 butterflies from all over the world, originating from a bridge in Bærum/ Norway. We call it the butterfly effect.  


What if we could gather 500 drawings and thoughts from children about the things that have been important for them in the time of corona. What do they remember, what was good, what was in focus, and what did they learn in the time of big and small change? How was their lives made different, how was the time with their families and friends spent or not spent. The UN: Convention on the Rights of the Child claims that all children have a right to be heard. This is an artwork that will take the thoughts of children seriously.


Sjøholmen House of art and culture in Sandvika, Bærum received in 2020 a grant from the city of Bærum to collect all of these thoughts. Children from Bærum and Kenya have written their thoughts about Covid-19 and the time that followed on to a butterfly. The butterflies will make a kaleidoscope that will land on a bridge in Sandvika. Many has flown into the world to spread the message. The project will continue, to gather children thoughts from all of the continent so that in the future, we will know the feelings and thoughts of the time 2020. 


The butterfly is drawn by artist Gro Mukta Holter as canvas. Her and her daughter chose the Bluewing-Butterfly, an endangered species, and an important symbol of this project. The name: Butterfly effect is a theory that merely a butterflies wings on one side of the world has the capacity of creating a hurricane on the other side of the world, given the right momentum. The hurricane can be a smile, a kind word or act. And you know what happens when we give kindness to the people around us? They give it to others, and then they give it to others, and before we know it, it comes back around and we slowly change the world one kindness at the time.


Words can create recognition and help remind children that they are connected. And we can as the question, is this time experienced similar for others? To live in isolation in a shed, or to live in isolation in a house in Norway. What is missed? What is close and what is remote and what happens when we are removed from each other.


Download one for your child and make them -, paint it, write on it, do your own art on it, take a photo of it, or scan it and send it to us. We will print it out and send it out in the world.


Mette at: mette@sjøholmen.no