Lara Gonzalez

sWarm taking flight in Springfield

More than 500 Springfield Students participate in an educational art installation about urban heat shown at the Springfield Science Museum

sWarm is an educational art and climate project about extreme heat, developed by Art for Public Good, students at Duggan Academy Springfield, and Cooler Communities, and is on display at the Springfield Science Museum from June 1st, 2024 through August 29th, 2024.

Students folded, painted, and decorated hundreds of Origami butterflies, designed to change color as temperatures around them change. 

The art installation of color-changing origami butterflies was unveiled at a fun and informative family event and featured science and art activities along with information about how to protect yourself, your home, and your community from rising heat.

Carolina Aragón, climate artist and associate professor of landscape architecture at UMass Amherst, led her Art for Public Good and UMass student team in developing the concept and execution of the color-changing butterflies art installation. “Of all the impacts of climate change, heat is the one with the greatest risk to human health – especially to children and the elderly. Our artwork seeks to help us all better understand this challenge, and promote ways to improve conditions in the short and long term, especially for underserved populations. We hope this project promotes knowledge and nudges toward the implementation of better and more energy-efficient cooling and heating systems in all schools and homes.”

sWarm was developed by Art for Public Good in Collaboration with Cooler Communities and 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students of Duggan Academy in Springfield, MA.