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Artist Sends Teen with Non-Verbal Autism The Butterfly Machine That Made Him Say ‘Butterfly’ [Video]



  • An artist surprised a teenager for his birthday with a unique butterfly art machine.
  • Odin has non-verbal autism but when he saw the butterfly machine, it brought him so much joy he uttered the word “butterfly.”
  • A video of the teen watching the “butterfly” went viral and reached the artist, J.C. Fontanive, who sent Odin the butterfly art machine.

Odin Frost is a nonverbal autistic teenager who lives with his parents in Tyler, Texas. A few years ago, his parents took him to a local butterfly exhibit, where Odin saw a butterfly machine.

He became mesmerized by the machine. He sat in front of it, and couldn’t take his eyes off of it — he was completely enchanted.

The butterfly machine gave Odin so much happiness he said the word “butterfly.”

“Odin was so moved by it that he said the word ‘butterfly’ for the first time and just kept laughing with joy,” said his father, Tim Frost.

Tim shared the short video to Instagram and it ended up reaching the original artist and creator of the machine, J.C. Fontanive. 

It didn’t take long for J.C. to contact the family.

“He asked for an address to send a gift to Odin to. We were assuming it would maybe be an art print as a card, but to our surprise, he sent us the same exact art installation! We were shocked and moved to tears,” Tim said.

“J. C. Fontanive hand-painted each frame and built the inner workings and motors by hand. He is one of the kindest and most talented humans we’ve met in this life and hope to get to hang with him face to face soon!”


Thank you, J.C. It’s not only Odin that you made happy but all of the people who think you are an awesome person. May your tribe increase.

Source: Tank’s Good News