"Emergence" is a mobile of hundreds of handcrafted, colored glass butterflies, flowers, and leaves that hangs in the atrium of the Linn County Juvenile Justice Center. Artist Michele Gutlove chose the butterfly as the centerpiece for its enduring symbol of positive change, independence, and inspiration and for its familiarity to youth. Handmade glass cocoons are inlaid in the atrium’s terrazzo flooring to tie the floor and sculpture together.
The imagery of butterflies in the Juvenile Justice Center is a perfect fit for a building that serves youth. This public art brings a peaceful tone to the building and provides a unique focal point for families.
The bright colors of the glass butterflies change as they are viewed from different angles. This is truly an intriguing piece of impressionistic art that can be enjoyed by children as well as adults.
The public is welcome to view the interior public art during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Linn County appreciates having public art on display in county buildings and hopes the public appreciates and enjoys it as well.