Dandelion Beginning 
to Seed

The sculpture is of a dandelion beginning to seed; it is intended as a visual representation of a metaphor created by Thorkil Sonne, which describes a desired paradigm shift in the way individuals on the autism spectrum are viewed in society, and in the workforce:


Many of us view the dandelion as a weed – something to be rooted out of our lawns and flowerbeds. They disrupt what we desire to be uniform and conventional. But what a lot of people do not realize is that, when cultivated, the dandelion is one of the most valuable and useful plants in nature – known for its nutritional, healing and medicinal properties. The dandelion is a “weed” only because it is in an environment where it is not welcomed.

People with autism often struggle to feel welcome. The Dandelion metaphor stands for the need to create an environment where individuals can thrive, and their abilities and talents can be nurtured. As the Dandelion’s seeds fly up and out to the world, they carry in them potential to grow into a thriving, valuable plant. The context they land in will be a crucial factor in whether or not they get the chance to grow and realize that potential.


The sculpture was designed by Evelyn Austin and Victoria MacCormac; and constructed by Evelyn Austin and Gregers Frederickson. It stands at height of approximately 5’9’’ and is made primarily of copper (stem), Moss (centre), and plastic cups (seeds).

The sculpture was presented at the Pump Night-Raffle event put on by the Dandelions and Dragonflies organization for the Dragonfly Centre; along with corresponding information about the metaphor it represents, the Dragonfly Centre, and Specialisterne (the company founded by Thorkil Sonne to promote the inclusion of neurodiverse people into the workforce). For now the Sculpture is wintering indoors, waiting for the next opportunity to be put on display. 

December 2015

Ross Museum
Open House

The Christmas display Dragonfly Centre for Autism, Inc. has at the museum is thanks to our volunteer, Erin O'Kane, whose vision of using dragonflies as Sugar Plum Fairies brought a bit of magic to our Nutcracker inspired theme. We also have some samples of books from our lending library in our display along with our first newsletter. A list of our library books can be seen on our website Our mission is "to support individuals who have autism towards self-realization and emotional confidence by offering gentle guidance and opportunity through expressive therapies and the surrounding environment, "  and we do this particularly well with our unique summer camp. Since those with autism are often overwhelmed easily, and many of us can identify with the sensory overload often associated with this busy season, our display emphasises the truism "Less is More' and shows a quiet and uncluttered scene with the 'fairies/dragonflies' surrounding the Nutcracker and enjoying the snowy landscape of our display.