With support from the Evanston Arts Council and Chicago Sculpture International as well as material support from Horigan Urban Forest Products, artists Janet Austin and Emily Moorhead-Wallace, are creating a pollinator habitat sculpture for the Evanston Ecology Center. Emily and Janet will lead public workshops at The Evanston Ecology Center where members of the community are invited to help construct modular pollinator boxes. These boxes will become a vital part of the sculpture.
January 3rd, 2020, Winter Camp, part of the Evanston Eco Center children’s camp.
March 7th, 2020, 1-5pm Family workshop, free event
April 1st, 2020, Artwork installation
Reception to follow, free event
All events are held at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston, Il 60201
For camp and workshop information call (847-448-8256) or visit www.cityofevanston.org
Additional project information
The main purpose of this project is to create an interactive sculpture that functions as a pollinator habitat and artwork. This project continues the mission of The Evanston Ecology Center: to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and our interdependence with it through educational programs and services. The pollinator habitat sculpture will speak to the decimation of critical insects, how to care for them and how to create a habitat that will support their needs.
Designing artist’s motivational theme visualizes humans supporting nature. These artists are conscientious in construction techniques and aware of the optimal needs of indigenous pollinators, solitary bees, and other insects. The sculpture will be made with this in mind. Members of the Evanston community will be invited to assist in the creation of the habitats during scheduled through programming at The Evanston Ecology Center. During events, additional sculptors from Chicago Sculpture International will guide participants in creating optimal habitats using non-treated woods and eco-friendly materials. The main structure of the sculpture will be an artist fabricated steel structure with cavities in place for these habitat cells. Through the creation of pollinator habitat cells community members will become educated on the proper needs of pollinator insects.
A tertiary goal of this project is to engage future Ecology Center visitors and other community members who visit the artwork after pollinators have established homes within it. People using the pedestrian North Shore Channel Trail that runs through the property will experience a living sculpture with an ecological function. Didactics will educate the public of pollinator importance and the purpose of the sculpture.