IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WZMQ) – Iron Mountain’s Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center has undergone a heartwarming transformation this week. Passersby might have noticed a captivating addition to the front lawn near the community living center. Once just a regular expanse of grass, an array of around 170 handmade butterfly statues graced the grounds at the VA center.
The artist behind this heartening initiative is Peter Monette, a retired Army veteran hailing from Kingsford. The story began earlier this summer when Monette first unveiled his stunning creations at the Marshfield Medical Center, Dickinson. These intricate butterfly statues, created with meticulous attention to detail, held a special significance as they symbolized a purpose of spreading joy and cheer through art.
Back in June, during Brain Health Awareness Month, the butterfly exhibit caught the eye of many at the Marshfield Medical Center, Dickinson. The community was captivated by the vibrant colors and intricate designs that adorned each butterfly. Some of those butterflies were decorated with the Iron Mountain high school’s colors and logo, and others adorned with Kingsford high school’s designs. Other butterfly statues had designs of other local football favorites like the Detroit Lions, and the Michigan Wolverines. These artistic creations were more than just decorations; they carried a message of hope and unity, resonating deeply with those who came across them.
In a world that often feels weighed down by challenges, Peter Monette’s artistry is a beacon of light. His colorful butterflies flutter with a sense of purpose, spreading cheer and positivity to all who encounter them.
As the community witnesses this inspiring display, it serves as a reminder that acts of creativity and kindness have the power to transcend boundaries. Peter Monette’s butterflies, once confined to his imagination, now take flight in the hearts of those who admire them.