To quote a woman who brought white butterflies in Scotland
I first came across Milan and his work through social media. As I viewed through albums of his butterfly work I was entranced by such beauty in such a simple and unique form. However with Milan based in Nepal and myself here in Scotland I knew that seeing his art in action firsthand would possibly never occur so I had contacted him to let him know just how much his butterflies had moved and inspired me.
What followed from our first message was not only a great friendship but also the gift of being able to bring Milan’s butterflies right here in Scotland.
From this amazing gesture I’ve seen firsthand, divided villages pull together to become united and create a beautiful memorial tree for all their lost loved ones. I’ve seen strangers from so many different backgrounds become friends as they sit down to discuss these butterflies. I’ve also seen the butterflies being used in dementia wards here, to help patients stimulate their long forgotten memories. The greatest gift however has been seeing the expression and reactions of children to the butterflies. Children, that are so used to being surrounded by technology and gadgets becoming so eager to step outside in to nature so that they may also help decorate their towns and villages with the butterflies.
All of this has come freely and has been given lovingly from one man – Linzi Barbour
MEMORIAL TREE SCOTLAND : One day she wrote a name of her departed daughter on on a white butterfly and placed it on a tree, this expression touched the heart of her villagers and other people around the globe. What started as a personal thing, grew into a community participation where, everyone sends the name of their lost ones , every year on march, together they creates a memorial tree and now it has developed as a contemporary ritual . and I provide them butterflies for this special occasion