As part of his PhD research work at York University, Toronto J Scott MacIvor samples pollen from bees and flowers to study pollination in cities. The installation at Grow Op seeks to increase awareness of flowers as providers of pollen and the role urban citizens play in structuring urban food webs.
Pollen is essential in flowering plant reproduction. Pollen moves from one flower to another, which develop into seeds, nuts, and fruit. Many flowers need insects to move their pollen grains. Bees are the best movers-of-pollen, but they don’t do it for free. Bees eat pollen from flowering plants, shrubs, and trees. Bees are also very diverse, with over 150 species in Toronto, each hungry for different pollen types at different times of the year.
GROW OP will be on public display at the Gladstone April 24 – 27, 2014
Curated by Victoria Taylor, and featuring 26 new projects, Grow Op 2014 is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative landscape and urban design event, celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to sustainable placemaking across a broad range of creative practices.
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