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Saugus butterfly sculpture to return in September

Controversial bug went in for repairs after being hit by car

Posted: August 27, 2014 12:24 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 12:24 p.m.

The Bouquet butterfly occupied the center median on Bouquet Canyon Road until it was hit by a car and sent in for repairs. Signal file photo

After being hit by a car on Bouquet Canyon Road, the Saugus butterfly sculpture — the object of both criticism and admiration — is due to make a triumphant return in September, according to a Santa Clarita city official.

The “Western Tiger Swallowtail” was created by sculptor LT Mustardseed and installed in November 2012.

It was hit by a car and damaged less than two years after it was stationed on the Bouquet Canyon median near Central Park in Saugus, spurring some controversy over its placement.

Critics targeted both its placement and the sculpture itself. Admirers defended it, though some did agree the busy highway median was a questionable choice for placement.

After the collision, the piece was sent in for repairs and then sent to the original painter earlier this month, said Arts and Events Administrator Phil Lantis.

It was due to go back on public display in September, he said.

The Santa Clarita Arts Commission was due to discuss the butterfly’s placement in September.

Lantis believes the sculpture will not return to its original spot on the median, as the Arts Commission has already begun discussing new locations.

“Because they already requested looking into other locations, they might move it to a spot where there is less risk that it may be damaged,” Lantis said.

Lantis said the sculpture will make a comeback and could even be placed inside Central Park.




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