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One of the target end users of The Pollinator Pathway

Jen Graves does a very nice profile of The Stranger’s Genius Award Winner Sarah Bergmann, my new hero.  Sarah has a love of nature and urban wildness that makes me swoon, and I’m looking forward to checking out her living, breathing, urban wildlife installation...The Pollinator Pathway. 

“What Sarah’s doing” is The Pollinator Pathway. She started it in 2008 and, when it’s finished in a few years, it will be a stripe down Seattle’s back. It may be the largest art installation ever created here. It’s a series of gardens—there will be 60 in all—spanning a mile of Columbia Street, planted in the parking strips. Most of the plants are native, and they will draw insects along a new thruway that links one existing green space to another. (The two dots being connected are the well-tended Seattle University campus and Nora’s Woods, a pocket forest at 29th Street; visit the gardens anytime.) Bergmann’s art is especially social. Before any planting begins, she needs the consent, buy-in, and participation of every building owner along the way.

Oh, brava, Sarah Bergmann–you are a most awesome thoughtful human.  Graves quotes Robin Held saying of Sarah’s work: “The Pollinator Pathway changes the way we understand our city.”

We can’t not change our urban-ness, nor do I even think we should want to.  But we can evolve the way we think about and understand our urban-ness, and the Pollinator Pathway helps us do just that. Thank you Ms. Bergmann!

PS: you can help, just go here.

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