The miraculous transformation of butterflies (mariposas
in Spanish) is celebrated as a symbol of hope and joy in cultures around the world. The Mariposa Project began in 2017, when Ben Gundersheimer
(known as MISTER G) sent the lyrics of his bilingual song “Señorita Mariposa
” to Marcos Almada Rivero
, a celebrated Mexican illustrator living in Oaxaca. The pair had become fast friends after collaborating on the artwork for Ben’s Latin GRAMMY Award
-winning album, “Los Animales”, and were excited to reimagine the song as a picture book. "Señorita Mariposa" will be published by Penguin Random House in August of 2019.
Geared towards museums and performing arts centers, the "Beyond Borders" tour engages school children and families through a multi-day artist-in-residence program
, which culminates in a large-scale community performance.
This footage is from a recent pilgrimage that Ben & Marcos made to visit the Monarch Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico, a World Heritage Site devoted to butterfly conservation.