Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Pollinator Pathmaker

September 2022

A living artwork for pollinators

LAS is pleased to collaborate with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg on the first international edition of Pollinator Pathmaker, an art-led campaign to help save bees and other endangered species of pollinating insects.

Pollinator Pathmaker is a living artwork for rather than about pollinators that asks us to see the world through the eyes of pollinators and through this Gesamtkunstwerk creates a unique opportunity to contribute to their protection. Originally commissioned by the Eden Project in Cornwall, the artist is growing a network of gardens – artworks for pollinators – around the world. LAS (Light Art Space) is the first international partner to plant a garden in Berlin.

There has been a dramatic decline in pollinating insects in the last 40 years due to habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and climate change. While the dangers facing honeybees are widely publicised, they are not the only pollinators. In Germany for instance, over 550 species of bee play a crucial role in pollination, alongside flies, beetles, wasps, moths and butterflies. Together, these insects pollinate many of our food crops, help the plants in our gardens and countryside to reproduce and flourish, and are a vital part of our ecosystems.

‘I wanted to make an artwork for pollinators, not about them. Pollinator Pathmaker is an ambitious art-led campaign to make living artworks. Can the audience of an artwork be more-than-human, and how can art be useful in the ecological crisis?’

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Can we see the world from the perspective of plants and pollinators? The way we see the world is just one version of reality. Pollinators see differently to us, influencing the extraordinary variety of plants that have evolved alongside them. Different insects see different parts of the colour spectrum, including UV light, revealing colours and markings on flowers that we can’t see. A yellow flower may be patterned orange and pink for a bee or green and blue for a butterfly.

The first edition of the campaign opens in the beginning of Summer 2022 at the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK where it has been initiated within the Create-a-Buzz-Program that seeks to communicate the vital role of pollinators to a wider audience. The garden is designed, planted and optimised for pollinators’ tastes, using a specially designed algorithm and curated palette of plants.

The accompanying website pollinator.art, developed in collaboration with the Google Arts & Culture Lab, holds the algorithm-based program and invites you to design your own pollinator-friendly garden in whatever space you have available - at home, in the field, or at a community garden. Using the website, audiences can use the artwork’s custom algorithm to generate their own unique planting scheme of locally-appropriate plants for bees and other pollinators, as a call to action to plant your own pollinator garden. The algorithm will create a planting design to support the maximum pollinator species possible, using plants from a curated selection of plants chosen for their benefits to pollinators. Users can see a 3D visualization of their unique garden bloom on their screen, created from paintings of each plant by Ginsberg.

Partner

Originally commissioned by the Eden Project, funded by Garfield Weston Foundation, with additional partners Gaia Art Foundation and collaborators Google Arts and Culture.

As the project’s first International Commissioner in this global network, LAS (Light Art Space) will make the project available to Berlin audiences. The website pollinator.art will also be expanded to include a German version and most significantly feature the possibility to design living artworks with a newly generated plant palette for Germany’s northern region. Later in the year, a public physical garden will be planted in Berlin as a unique artwork. Settled within the urban landscape, the project complements Berlin’s extensive biodiversity strategy with an art-led project that bridges art, science and technology with a call to action that gives agency to diverse audiences. The Berlin plant palette will be developed in collaboration with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin which will also conceive an extensive educational programme.

To help address our current biodiversity crisis, Pollinator Pathmaker invites you to create your own plantable artwork for pollinators. LAS invites a Berlin based audience to take part in this international cultural campaign to help save bees and other endangered species of pollinating insects by planting gardens across Berlin.

Find out more at pollinator.art.

Biography

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
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