Living sculpture in Cornwall attracts pollinators
Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg created an artwork for pollinators at Cornwall’s Eden Project. The artwork – made of a carefully curated selection of flowers – is designed to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths and wasps.
Ginsberg wanted to create an artwork about pollinators, but then decided to approach the process from a different perspective. Rather than developing an artwork that appeals to humans, Ginsberg collaborated with gardeners, experts in pollination and a string theory physicist to design the artwork from the pollinators’ perspective.
The pattern in which the flowers are planted is based on an algorithm that factors in the journeys of different pollinators, ensuring that conditions stay good as long as possible. The artwork is expected to bloom in the summer of 2022. Home gardners can also use the algorithm to create their own version of the artwork. Ginsberg will also bring the project to other cities across Europe.
This is a lovely example of a shift from an anthropogenic angle towards a more generic, natural approach to pollinator conservation.