New riverfront sculpture commemorates brain injury victims

A new sculpture has been unveiled along the Windsor riverfront and it's in honour of victims of injuries.

Butterfly Brain Injury Memorial unveiled Friday, sculpted by local artist

Official unveiling of the Butterfly Brain Injury Memorial by local artist Jack Bing. (Makda Ghebreslassie/CBC News)

A new sculpture created by local artist Jack Byng has been unveiled along the Windsor riverfront and it's in honour of victims of brain injuries.

The Butterfly Brain Injury Memorial is the first of its kind in Windsor, according to Melanie Gardin, with the Brain Injury Association of Windsor-Essex County and chair of the Butterfly Memorial Committee.

"We do know that in Windsor-Essex there's about 2400 people every year that get a brain injury," she said. "Even if a very small per cent of people find out about our memorial, our memorial will fill up very quickly."

The sculpture has room for 177 names of victims who have brain injuries. On Friday, eight were added.

Jeff Taylor's mother, Cindy Taylor, had her name etched today. She suffered from a brain aneurysm in 1995, eventually recovered, but suffered a stroke in 2003 when she lost her motor and speaking abilities.

"She passed away two years ago April 14," he said. "That's why this is a happy thing. It's closure. Everything is good. I can come down here and look at this and and it will make me feel better."

Organizers said that was the whole idea behind the sculpture - to bring awareness to the fact that there are a lot of people living with acquired brain injuries and a lot of people who have passed a way because of them.