A brilliant Monarch butterfly sculpture has been added to Southfield City Centre Trail, made possible by Eaton, the international power management company located in Southfield. “Eaton encourages all of its employees to be active stewards for our environment,” says Laurie Conn, facility manager for the Vehicle Group. “We support the Butterfly Sculpture and Garden because we support our community. We live here. We work here. We’re glad to be part of the community.”
Eaton first contributed easement so the Trail could extend past its building. Then it contributed additional easement for the butterfly sculpture, which was installed this spring, and the creation of an adjoining pollinator garden, home to butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The City will add an educational panel and amenities such as benches and wayfinding signs. “The Monarch butterfly is in decline,” says Terry Croad, director of planning for the City of Southfield. “It is on the international endangered-species list.” A sculpture of the Monarch was chosen to make a bold statement and complement the vivid color at Red Pole Park. “We want to bring awareness to the plight of pollinators and bring a smile to visitors,” he says.
Conn says the extension of the Trail and the new sculpture increases wellness opportunities for Eaton employees. “We have a lot of walkers. This is a great space for our employees to be physically active and reduce stress, which contributes to both physical and mental well-being. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so this is a great time to take advantage of this new space,” she adds. The sculpture and garden, which is now being designed by a landscape architect, complements efforts of the “Green Guardians,” an employee group supported by Eaton that promotes environmental sustainability.