North Flower Walk, Kensington Gardens 11 July 2023, 2:15pm Price: £8/£6 conc. Donate today

A conversation between artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine.

In April 2022, artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg planted an Edition of Pollinator Pathmaker, a living sculpture made of plants, in Kensington Gardens. This was her commission for Serpentine’s ongoing Back to Earth project. This summer, Ginsberg is returning to Serpentine’s Pollinator Pathmaker edition, now in full bloom, for a conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist which will focus on the intersection between ecology, technology and art, as well as the history and ongoing life of the work across communities and continents.

About Pollinator Pathmaker:

Pollinator Pathmaker is a one-of-a-kind experiment in interspecies art. A constantly expanding artwork in an unlimited edition, it is created for pollinators, planted and cared for by humans. For the Serpentine Edition of Pollinator Pathmaker, Ginsberg worked with horticulturists at the Eden Project, Cornwall, pollinator scientists and experts to curate a database of plants that supports pollinator populations local to the site of the artwork. Once the conditions of the Kensington Gardens site were agreed, Ginsberg’s custom-built computer algorithm used this database to create a unique planting design that supports the maximum number of pollinator species possible. The empathetic planting patterns that emerged offer local pollinators – including bees, moths, ants, wasps, and beetles – habitats to forage throughout the year, and arrangements which suit different pollinating styles.

You can create your own Pollinator Pathmaker DIY Edition using the planting algorithm at www.pollinator.art.

Pollinator Pathmaker Serpentine Edition is funded by Serpentine, with support from Nicoletta Fiorucci Foundation and Google Arts & Culture. Pollinator Pathmaker was originally commissioned by the Eden Project and funded by Garfield Weston Foundation. Additional founding supporters are Gaia Art Foundation and collaborators Google Arts & Culture. International Edition Founding Commissioners are LAS Art Foundation.

Location

The Pollinator Pathmaker garden is located on the North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens

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