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Giant 9-Foot Floral “Butterflies” Are Coming to SF’s Streets

Ever wanted to become a butterfly? Spread your wings in May with 13 large fresh-flower butterflies popping up on the streets of SF
By - posted 4/30/2021 No Comment

Ever wanted to become a butterfly? You’ll get a chance to spread your wings in May.

On Saturday, May 1st 13 large floral Instagramable butterflies are landing in the streets of San Francisco for a weeklong promotion.

The giant butterflies, which range from 6-9 feet tall are made from natural materials and fresh flowers.

Which Butterflies are Still Standing? (Updated May 6)
The butterflies are very fragile and seven of them were damaged in the high winds are are no longer there. As of May 6 there are still six butterflies standing.

Butterfly Locations
Expected to be up through May 7 (Barring high winds)

  • Excelsior (2701 San Bruno Ave.)
  • West Portal (First Republic Bank, 279 West Portal Ave.)
  • SoMa (201 3rd St.,
  • SoMa (303 2nd Street)
  • Jack Kerouac Alley (North Beach).
  • SoMa Flower Market (640 Brannan St.) – up through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9


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The butterfly in the main photo above is from Stanlee Gatti Design and will be displayed at Kilroy Building, 303 2nd Street (at Folsom) in SoMa

The City is coming back to life after one of the darkest years in our history. In celebration of the City’s reopening, and Small Business Week, the City of San Francisco, has partnered with the SF Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Flower Market to create streets in full bloom.

The SF Flower Market recruited some of the very best floral designers in the City to create these largescale floral butterflies (from 6-9 feet tall). The designers let their creative juices flow on this project, and they have created amazing works of art.

From North Beach to the Bay View, butterflies will be found on our City streets this weekend. link.oewd.org/ButterflyMap

Small Business Week kicks-off with the installation of 13 floral butterflies placed throughout San Francisco’s merchant corridors.

  • The butterfly wings are constructed of natural materials and fresh flowers, and built by local artists and designers.
  • The wings are a partnership with the San Francisco Flower Mart, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Kilroy Realty.
  • SF Small Business Week takes place May 1-7.

Butterfly Artist List

  • Paul Robertson
  • Raul Dueñas Floral & Event Design
  • Nixon Tran
  • Anies Charles
  • Acme Floral
  • Raul Dueñas Floral & Event Design
  • Nixon Tran
  • Stanlee Gatti Designs
  • Sharla Flock Designs
  • Desiree Flower & Design Studio
  • Envy Floral
  • Anies Charles
  • Sharp Stick Studio