About the Project
I conducted a small workshop and provided the means for people to sow seeds and keep the pots they planted to grow themselves. With this, there was an opportunity for a shadow curriculum to occur in hopes that it helps people expand their caring and nurturing abilities.
With a programmed script connected to a thermal heat printer, I simulated real-time data of present-day live births from https://www.worldometers.info to print off the number ID of a newborn baby. This number represents a bee and is attributed to a specific type of flower seed that people will sow. The flowers people grow are rich in nectar and pollen which will help bees fight against pesticides and diseases. As they pollinate 70% of our delicious fruits and vegetables, by growing a flower, people can help create a nurturing environment for bees and the numerous other lives that depend on their wellbeing.
By associating it to a newborn baby and implementing anthropomorphic factors – it provides people with characteristics they can empathize with, and thus heighten their caring and nurturing abilities. We should offer this same amount of care and attention to our global environment as we would to another human being.
I think by connecting this project to a greater worldwide cause and issue, particularly in the wake of climate change – it provides a deeper context for us to come together. Not only to care for our shared world but to nurture it for the generations that come after us.