Requests for Proposals: Butterfly Biosphere Project


Thanksgiving Point Institute will be including a work of hanging sculptural art in the entry of its fifth and newest venue, Butterfly Biosphere, scheduled to open late 2018. Thanksgiving Point Institute is requesting proposals from artists living within the state of Utah.

Project information:
Butterfly Biosphere is a museum which consists of three separate areas highlighting the significance of invertebrates to life on earth. The Discovery Zone is an 8,000 sq ft gallery featuring hands-on interactive exhibits and live invertebrate displays. The Costa Rica Climber is a 7,500 sq ft multi-story designed environment dedicated to active play and exploration. The Butterfly Conservatory is a 9,000 sq ft area filled with live butterflies flying among tropical and flowering plants, and featuring a meandering path, waterfall, and pond. The overarching message is that invertebrates are small but significant, and the goal is to provide opportunities for families to connect with the natural world, learn about the role invertebrates play in ecosystems, and understand the relationships that exist between humans and invertebrates and the impacts that each has on the other.

Visitors to Butterfly Biosphere will be introduced to the experience in the entry rotunda. Hanging prominently from the center of this space, a visually captivating sculpture will reflect the overarching message of the venue. The idea that invertebrates are small but significant should be the guiding theme.

Submission information:
Download the RFP package for more detailed information, sample contract, and architectural images HERE
Artists who plan to submit may make arrangements to tour the site by contacting Stephen Ashton at

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