“Butterfly Angel” Custom Bronze Statue

Primary Children’s Medical Center. Salt Lake City, UT

Butterfly Angel is the centerpiece of the garden at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. The garden and statue create special sanctuary where children and adults can relax, reflect and play. Specially designed for children, it is whimsical, magical and safe. This is a life-size custom bronze statue that stands about 5’ tall. In addition to the Butterfly Angel, Toritch added other small objects and creatures that can be discovered with each visit.

Bronze angel statues are are often placed at the cemeteries. Lena created a 6′ tall custom bronze statue of an angel guiding a little girl to heaven. This custom bronze portrait statue “Erica’s Angel”, depicting a smiling child waving good-bye and holding the angel’s hand, became a recognizable landmark at Montrose Cemetery in Chicago IL.

Sometimes a more uplifting angel statue, or a cherub statue can be seen in the gardens and private houses. A custom angel statue in any size, a life-size bronze figure or a small sculpture, will become a conversation piece and can create an enchanting atmosphere.

To make a wish come true, whisper it to a butterfly. Upon these wings it will be taken to Heaven and granted, for they are messengers of the Great Spirit.

— Native American Legend

To create this monument for Primary Children’s Hospital, Tortich combined two time honored symbols in a new way. The butterfly is a long time symbol of reinvention, new beginnings, changing from one thing to another, emerging better than ever before and rebirth. Angels are found in many religions. They are usually seen as spiritual beings who act as intermediators between humans and god. The word angel comes from the Greek word angelos, meaning “messenger.” In Western religions, the word specifically describes a kind, or benevolent, being. Since the Butterfly angel is at a children’s hospital it if fitting that the Toritch Angel is child-like. This angel gives comfort to children and parents who need a place of quiet reflection to re-group and re-energize. A charming sculpture that speaks to children and adults offering a hope and wonder.