Wednesday, November 05, 2008

An important project we're working on over at The Lime Light

You can click on the title for information on a project we're working on for Feb 2009; here's the majority of the post:

Almost ten years ago I had the privilege of traveling to Jerusalem. What a wonder; from the Western Wall on the southwest corner of the Temple Mount, to the Mount of Olives to the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Garden Tomb; it was the single most humbling week of my life.We also had the privilege of touring the Holocaust Museum, known as Yad Vashem. It was one of two places that we visited that just entering the vicinity brought me to tears. Nothing like that has happened before or since.

We toured the museum with our own tour guide. You are required to have a Jewish licensed tour guide in order to tour Israel in the first place, and our guide knew everything and then some. As we walked through the museum, my heart sank further & further, only to rise again because of the triumphant spirit of those who had to endure such atrocities.

But if I thought my heart had been broken a thousand times before in my life, it was about to be broken a thousand and one. At this point we entered the Children's Holocaust Memorial. You enter this section of Yad Vashem via an arched pathway. It is set underground. This part of the museum was designed by Moshe Safdie who profoundly communicates such a somber message. The minute you enter you hear voices; I remember being taken off guard by this. The recorded voices are of the children's names who perished in the holocaust. Then we entered an octagonal room lit only by a single candle. The mirrored walls give the appearance of an infinite number of flames. It is beautiful, solemn, and sobering. To this day I bow my head in silence at the mere thought; it seems to come automatically.

Back above ground, there is an octagonal shaped structure "echoing" the one we were just in underground. At this point I'm going to quote their literature: "...However, instead of reflective mirrors multiplying the single burning flame, here a series of pillars symbolizes the deceased. The massive stone pillars which make up the ground level monument do not all stand erect; some of the pillars are broken while others are fallen to the ground symbolizing the abrupt ending of these young lives. Together the amalgam of differently sized pillars represents the varying ages and stages of maturity of the perished children."

I wanted to tell you this so you'd understand my passion for a project I need your help on. I need every last person who can contribute to do so. By the end of February, 2009, we want to complete our portion of this project. One of our team members will hand deliver these to the Holocaust Museum in Houston. Here is the information you will need to participate:"In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember. As of Summer 2008, we have already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.Please facilitate the “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” activity and create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible. This project may be completed by all ages as individuals or groups.

-Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
-Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
-Glitter should not be used.
-Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

The museum will also need a digital photograph, which we are going to collect on a CD. You can email the photographs to me at thelimelight@live.com. Please put: "The Butterfly Project" in the subject line. When you are ready to mail the actual project(s), please leave a comment on this post with your email address and we will send you the address. We just want to keep the member's address as private as possible & therefore only want to give it to those who actually need it.

Please post this project (preferably a link to this post) on your websites; please ask for help from everyone you can. You are welcome to quote any part of this post. Our goal is to be able to deliver ONE THOUSAND HAND MADE BUTTERFLIES. Please help in any way you can to make this possible.


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2 comments:

  1. The Butterfly Project is quite incredible! The idea for the project and your dedication to it, are quite unbelievable. I live in Israel, - working with tourists visiting the Holy Land - and wish to thank you for this effort. If you need help in Israel - to liaise, for example, - please let me know.
    There is another Holocaust Museum in Israel which I do not think you saw, but I believe that butterflies are talked about there. It is called Lokhamei HaGetaot.

    Best regards,
    Judy

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