Monarch Butterfly

Ink Dwell’s current Migrating Mural, a multi-year campaign which will span North America, is focused on the iconic and threatened monarch butterfly.

Found throughout the country, monarch butterflies are famous for their multi-generational migrations from Canada to Mexico. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Migrating Mural will trace the path of the monarch butterfly across North America to bring attention the immediate need for habitat conservation and restoration.

Over the last twenty years US monarch populations have dropped more than eighty percent. The federal government is currently considering the monarch butterfly for endangered species status.

Springdale, Arkansas

Named after the collective term for a group of monarch butterflies, Kaleidoscope depicts the magnificent insects fluttering in the shape of an infinity symbol, representing their endless migration cycle across North America. As a species that only lays eggs on milkweeds, the monarch caterpillar is depicted munching on common milkweed. A variety of coneflowers represent wildflowers that provide nectar to feed adult monarchs during their exhausting travels.

Mounted on an eight-story air traffic control tower at the Springdale Airport, this three-dimensional installation was created by digitizing an original painting created by Ink Dwell and then fabricating the image on vinyl and aluminum siding.

Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida

Florida is the only place in the United States with a resident monarch population--these butterflies don’t migrate at all. This mural, at Full Sail University, depicts monarchs on swamp milkweed, which is native to the Sunshine State.

Pacific Grove, California

North America’s western population of monarch spends the winter along the California coast, with many of them migrating to the beach town of Pacific Grove. This rendering, to be painted on the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, depicts dozens monarch roosting in a eucalyptus tree.