Border Free Bees and the Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) teamed up to compete in the 2017 City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting Project, resulting in a new apiary sculpture.
View the location of the Pop Up Apiary
The Participatory Budgeting Project had three steps. First, individuals submitted their proposals for thoughtful, implementable community-based projects. From there, the proposals were narrowed down to eight finalists, and of those, the public voted for the top three projects they would like to see become a reality in their city. Among the three chosen projects was our Urban Alive Pop-Up Native Bee Apiary.
The Urban Alive Pop-Up Native Bee Apiary is the sixth public pasture project by Border Free Bees. This portable ‘apiary’ sculpture was designed for Border Free Bees by our lead industrial designer Evan Hutchinson. The apiary provides a home to many types of tunnel nesting native bees by incorporating multiple bee home designs and materials in a captivating and appealing way. The apiary features information on bees, pollination and food security. The installation is unique and welcoming; a portable design that can be brought to new locations each year. The apiary is currently installed in the Yates Street Community Garden.
A further intention of the Urban Alive Pop-Up Native Bee Apiary is to foster community participation in managing and monitoring native bees. Public education days at the apiary, led by P2C’s Western Canada Program Manager, Dr. Lora Morandin feature discussion and hands on activities. The installation provides an educational place for children and adults, and the native bees will help to pollinate urban gardens. It is a sanctuary in the city where all can connect with nature.
The Urban Alive Pop-Up Native Bee Apiary was awarded $11,500 for its implementation. This fantastic fusion of art, design, science and environmentalism will serve Vancouver Island communities for years to come.