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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.




Unreal: Posted: August 27, 2014 4:07 p.m.

Sounds like a good idea to place it inside of Central Park. Right by the entrance would be a great spot. I actually started to appreciate this piece after finding out that some of it is made of motocycle parts. Very inventive.

It would be nice to have it somewhere where we could walk up to it and really look at it instead of glimpsing it at 50 miles ab hour.

bobforte: Posted: August 27, 2014 5:48 p.m.

It would be appropriate to reprsent all the bugs in Central Park.

lars1: Posted: August 27, 2014 5:54 p.m.

It was idiotic putting it on the center median. It was put there by some city moron who wanted it to stick out like a sore thumb, so the "artwork project" would be seen. Many times while driving by, I saw people, including children walking on the center median to get "a close look" at the statue. As an accident was waiting to happen, the city should consider itself lucky that only the statue took damage, and there was no injury or loss of life from some idiot at city hall.

It should be placed inside the park, as many city residents suggested!

chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 6:03 p.m.

They're lucky nobody got impaled by that thing in a car wreck.

Before87: Posted: August 27, 2014 7:45 p.m.

Put it on top of the Roundabout?

Behind K mart?

Art is good but what did we pay for it.
I cant find anything on the price.

cj64: Posted: August 27, 2014 9:18 p.m.

Move it to some other part of the City. I am tired of that piece of junk.

SCV123: Posted: August 28, 2014 12:47 a.m.

Dang liberals always stealing my money to make stuffs more prettier. I'd rather just keep my three fiddy and just live like in Mad Max.

projalice11: Posted: August 28, 2014 1:09 a.m.

"The sculpture will make a comeback and could even be placed inside Central Park"


NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:51 a.m.

Inside the park or at the entrance would make more sense. Maybe use it to cover up the ugly faded water drop that the CLWA put out there.

scv_donn: Posted: August 28, 2014 12:18 p.m.

Why? Freakin eyesore.

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