A group of West Coast artists are branding America’s immigration movement with what might be considered a new logo, ABC reports. Melanie Cervantes, Cesar Maxit, Jesus Barraza, Ernesto Yerena, Julio Salgado, and Favianna Rodriguez are among the artists who have taken to painting monarch butterflies on walls, T-shirts, and billboards as a reminder that migration can be natural and beautiful.
ABC notes that the symbol isn’t new among activists, but it has been “popularized” in recent months by artists such as Rodriguez, a print-maker who is the subject of a January YouTube documentary on Pharrell Williams’s channel titled “Migration is Beautiful.”
“Art is beautiful. It speaks to more senses than press releases and newspaper headlines,” Rodriguez told ABC. “The more we can turn a press conference into a performance art piece, by wearing butterfly wings, or showcasing our icon work, the better.”
— Rachel Corbett
(Photo: “Migration is Beautiful” by John Carr and Favianna Rodriguez)