#KissesForBees at Toronto City Hall
Wild For Bees 2017 Installation
In 2017, Burt's Bees started to shift the conversation about pollinator health toward the issue of FOOD. After focusing on native pollinator habitats, it was equally important to focus on where these pollinators are eating.
Conceived as an oversized set of lips, the installation was fabricated to receive over 400 Asclepias Incarnata (Rose Milkweed). The plant was chosen as it is very popular amongst pollinators, including native bees, and butterflies. The plants were all pre-grown at Native Plants in nearby Claremont, Ontario, and many flowered in the short time they were on site, producing a bright purple flower.
This temporary installation saw thousands of visitors stopping by to learn about pollinator health, and snap a photo with the lips. At the end of the installation, each plant was "adopted" through the David Suzuki Foundation, ensuring pollinators around the City will have somewhere to feast.
A second version of the lips, set in a hot pink colour, were set up in Cathedral Square in Vancouver, installed with Rosa nutkana. Similar to the Toronto installation, plants native to the Vancouver area were provided by Peels Nurseries.
Locations: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, BC / Cathedral Square, Vancouver, BC
Project Lead: Joel Gilbert Anderson
Partners: Burt's Bees
Fabrication / Installation: Well and Good
Plant Supplier: Native Plants Claremont (Toronto) / Peels Nurseries (Vancouver)