Presented byNational Resources Defense Council: www.nrdc.org
The project consists of a performative, mobile “food cart” that distribute milkweed seeds throughout St. Louis, supporting the threatened monarch population. The artist, and a team of performers, will walk the specially designed cart through the city, engaging with families and individuals, by passing out biodegradable balloons filled with floating cloud-like milkweed seeds. These transparent balloons will be pinned to people’s shirts with buttons showing fragmentary close-ups of monarch wings, as the story of the interaction between milkweed and monarchs is told. Participants become the agents of seed dispersal releasing the floating milkweed seeds into their neighborhood, where the resilient seeds will find places to grow in parkways, backyards and alleys, supporting local monarch populations in the years to come.
The monarch food cart will travel throughout the Midwest during the summer months dispensing ‘butterfly food’ and information, emphasizing these beautiful and remarkable insects’ importance, and as a potent reminder of the human need for connection with the natural world.