S. Tennessee Avenue Lakeland, FL. 33801
A public art project entitled Kaleidoscope, Butterflies in Flight is responsible for the numerous distinct butterfly sculptures throughout Lakeland. Originally intended as a fundraiser modeled after the highly successful Swansation public art project which took place in 2002, Kaliedoscope has become a integral part of the Lakeland art landscape.
Kaleidoscope’s four to eight foot aluminum butterfly sculptures are mounted on poles and displayed throughout Lakeland. The butterflies were transformed into unique works of art by local and regional artists. This public art project was designed to enrich cultural activity and positively impact the Lakeland community through a uniquely different charitable event.
Kaleidoscope Butterflies in Flight is a fundraiser for the construction of CommonGround, Polk County’s first “inclusive play experience.” Children of varying abilities and disabilities will be able to play together side by side in a play environment. The park itself will be in the shape of a butterfly, a symbolic representation of the individuality and unique character of every child. It will be one of six such playgrounds in Florida and only one of these inclusive playgrounds is currently open to the public. The playground will be located in Edgewood Park near the corner of Edgewood Drive and Buckingham Avenue.