The final report for this project is now available for download: 2009-2011 Stanley Park Ivy Project Final Report

THE IVY PROJECT  is a part of the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project, and builds on the work of the Ivy Busters Program. The mandate of the Ivy Busters program, run by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), is to remove invasive species such as English Ivy as part of their ongoing contribution to the ecological restoration of Stanley Park. Since 2004, Ivy Busters has removed over 3.95 hectares of invasive plant material from Stanley Park. SPES has been looking for creative solutions to address the localized ecological shift that accompanies the removal of large masses of biomaterial and the resources required to generate it.

Vancouver artist Sharon Kallis works with unwanted, natural materials. Through engaging local community in common handwork, unwanted materials are re-purposed into something new, creating opportunities for individuals to connect with nature in a unique, meditative, yet community oriented way.

Working together, we hope to create an art installation that  uses the biomass that is unwanted and  creates opportunities for learning about the eco-system of the park,  is a creative method for observation and turns a material with negative  impact to potentially good.

We hope you take the time to read this site, and find out about more about THE IVY PROJECT. Free Workshops are the last Saturday of the month, January-November 2009.

For more information about this project, explore the page tabs or the side links.


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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Visual and Expressive Arts Program is made possible through a generous gift from the Ford Foundation.