Daisy Ginsberg on Pollinator Pathmaker
Pollinator Pathmaker, a new permanent 55-metre-long living artwork by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg that explores the vital role of pollinators, is being planted at Eden in Autumn 2021.
The artwork is part of the “Create a Buzz” programme at Eden Project, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, that seeks to communicate the story of the UK’s native pollinators: their vital role, their current plight and their restoration.
The work has been originally commissioned by the Eden Project and funded by Garfield Weston Foundation. Additional founding supporters are Gaia Art Foundation and collaborators Google Arts & Culture.
Further ‘editioned’ gardens will then be sown across the UK and Europe, following the planting of the inaugural artwork in Cornwall.
Pollinator Pathmaker asks visitors to view the world in a different way; from the perspective of plants and pollinators, and to take part in an international cultural campaign to help save bees and other endangered species of pollinating insects ‒ the first of its kind. There has been a dramatic decline in pollinating insects in the last 40 years due to habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and climate change and the artwork is a call to take action against this.
The living artwork at the Eden Project will comprise a new garden, designed, planted and optimised for pollinators’ tastes, using a specially designed algorithm and specially curated palette of plants.
The Cornwall garden is anticipated to be in full bloom for both pollinators and human audiences to enjoy by June 2022.
You can also be part of this unique artwork and create, plant and share your own garden and planting scheme, designed for bees and other insect pollinators, using the new website and algorithm at http://www.pollinator.art, an experiment developed in collaboration with the Google Arts and Culture Lab. It is hoped people will grow these in whatever space they have available - at home, fields, community gardens and more.