Artist Sharon Kallis and the Stanley Park Ecology Society are inviting members of the public to work together on a site-specific environmental art installation. English ivy is an invasive plant species with strong impacts on the forest. During the project participants will explore creative ideas that address this, pulling out the rooted plant masses and weaving forms from the tendrils. Eventually, with close monitoring and observation, these forms will be returned to the forest as artificial nurse logs, bird habitats and crocheted anti-erosion bio-netting. As these sculptural forms decompose they will also return essential nutrients to the soil. In this human-landscape dialogue, nature becomes an active participant in the work, opening up generative spaces in which both humans and the natural world have voice and agency.
This human landscape intervention will happen in 12 stages, on the last Saturday of every month throughout 2009. Sharon Kallis will work with any interested community members or groups that attend these free, drop-in sessions.
“As an artist, I am interested in collaborating with others, sharing bodies of knowledge as well as at looking at the natural world, and how sculptural eco- interventions can mimic the design models of nature- Biomimicry as a sculptural pursuit is an exciting quest.” SK
“Biomimicry is the practice of developing sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from Nature. Energy efficient buildings inspired by passive cooling in termite mounds and non-toxic fabric finishes inspired by water repellent lotus plants are examples of biomimicry changing our world today. While humans have a long way to go towards living sustainably on this planet, millions of species – each with nearly 4 billion years of field testing – contain technological ideas to help us succeed in our all-important quest to become a sustainable species on a biodiverse planet.” taken from the Biomimicry Institute website.
One of the goals of the Ivy Project is put nicely here, ” .…encourages people
to develop patterns of relating which use art as a way to solve problems, thus
“revitalizing, re-creating, and restoring” natural settings.” *
*from Art/Eductation November 2008 article, When Vines Talk: Community, Art, and Ecology by Sally Armstrong Gradle