TRIBECA, NY — A butterfly sculpture for the transgender and gender non-conforming community will honor a trans woman killed in Brazil for the next six months at a park in Tribeca.
Brazilian artist Rubem Robierb named the sculpture “Dandara” — honoring Dandara dos Santos, a transgender woman who was tortured and murdered in Brazil in a killing that shook the country in 2017.
“In tribute to the strength and bravery of the Trans GNC Community, Dandara has an important message and meaning and I felt that NYC was a place to showcase this on a public scale,” Robierb said in a statement.
The sculpture, unveiled Monday, was made as a part of his series “Dream Machine,” a series for “the ones who live and die, making the impossible happen,” Robierb says on his website. The series features similarly designed butterflies in white, silver, gold or copper colors on display at various places around the world.
The new Tribeca installation was made in partnership with Mastercard, which announced a donation of $5,000 to GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program, according to Forbes.
The 10- by 13-foot white fiberglass sculpture will be on display through May 4 at West Broadway and Sixth Avenue, according to a news release.
Check out photos of the new sculpture below: