Developed by Cameron Cartiere and Nancy Holmes as a working methodology, the Public Art Pollinator Pasture is a public art-driven wild flower meadow that benefits a multitude of essential pollinators (including bees, butterflies, and birds) and empowers communities to be ecological ambassadors and citizen scientists.
The creation of a habitat for threatened wild pollinators is essential to these species’ survival and, ultimately, the sustainability of the wider ecosystem. In addition to its environmental impact, the Pastures will also encourage environmental awareness and sustainable behaviour. While the average person may feel powerless to stop the dramatic decline of the pollinator population, there are, in fact, simple and effective ways to contribute to their sustainability. The Pastures will encourage communities to take an active role in the habitat solution, while at the same time meeting public safety, beautification, and lifestyle improvement needs for those who utilize the site.
The Pastures promote and contribute to environmental sustainability at both ecological and community levels by creating sustainable habitat and ecosystem renewal for threatened wild pollinators in the region. The environmental impact of the project will be scientifically measured through Border Free Bees’ partnerships with notable academic researchers at Universities such as Emily Carr, Simon Fraser, Thompson Rivers, and Dalhousie.