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The Butterfly Garden and Overlook at Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO, is an Open Space Sacred Place where individuals may work through the pain of grieving for a loved one or something lost. Conceived as a place of healing in response to the devastating tornado of May 2011 killing 161 people, the garden gives form to the Four Tasks which help people move into the next phase of life after experiencing a loss, and each are represented as architectural and natural elements through the gardens.
Additional features continue the symbolism and metaphor. Thirty-eight segments of the waterwall represent the minutes the tornado was on the ground. A void at minute 7 signifies the moment the tornado struck Cunningham Park. The 2 individual water features represent this void in its broken form and then put back together, scarred but whole again.
The Butterfly Garden and Overlook at Cunningham Park is part of the Landscapes of Resilience Project; read more about those who created it here. Photos and text by Drury University.