A swarm of butterflies has dispersed throughout downtown Hagerstown. They're colorful. They're huge. They're raising money for the new Barbara Ingram School of the Arts in Hagers-town.
And finding 10 particular butterflies will raise money for one lucky reader.
These giant-sized, decorated, aluminum butterflies are part of a fundraising campaign for the new school of the arts, according to Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools.
The 30 sculptures were installed on Hagerstown sidewalks this week and will be on display for two months. They all have the same, basic shape, but each is decorated in a unique theme and medium. Among the decorative elements media are paint, tile, car parts, modeling clay, recycled waste materials, even coins.
The idea is to blend creativity with charity.
"We borrowed the idea from other communities," Bannon said. "Butterflies were chosen to typify metamorphosis - students being able to take flight. It's a perfect image for the new school."