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Torrey Hills Center invites all to share unveiling of mosaic sculpture Nov. 1

The new sculpture at Torrey Hills Center will be unveiled on Nov. 1. Photo by Karen Billing
The new sculpture at Torrey Hills Center will be unveiled on Nov. 1. Photo by Karen Billing

Torrey Hills Center is inviting the community to celebrate the opening of a new mosaic sculpture at the shopping center on Carmel Mountain Road at 3 p.m. Nov. 1.

A visionary approach was taken to refabricating the worn-out fountain at the focal point of the center. To enhance the atmosphere of the meeting place and food court, and with sensitivity to the state’s ongoing drought, the 10-year-old fountain, which is 50 feet in circumference, was dismantled and turned into something magical.

The art piece involved The Butterfly Project, directed by Cheryl Rattner Price, a program that helps people of all faiths address the topic of the Holocaust and mobilizes them to act against injustice. The Torrey Hills neighborhood community created 2,000 ceramic butterflies.

Helen Segal, a Carmel Valley mosaic artist, was then commissioned to design and build an art installation integrating these butterflies into a larger mosaic sculpture on the fountain site.

Segal’s design reflected on the “Unbridled Spirit of a Child” and how important it is to safeguard and celebrate our freedoms. She built three figures aspiring to touch mythical butterflies. Accomplished artist Barbi Dorfan assisted in the mosaic design, and the concept and implementation of the creation.

At the Nov. 1 event, the community will have the opportunity to meet the artists, speak with the educators of The Butterfly Project and paint butterflies for future instillations.

Torrey Hills Center, with its community outreach, also encourages families to bring their overflow Halloween candy to donate to organizations such as Operation Gratitude.