Memorial Parkette, 2017
Collaboration with Jacqui Arntfield
How We Live In Cities, Big On Bloor Festival, Toronto, Canada
Memorial Parkette is an interactive installation that invited festival-goers to draw-from-memory a plant that they had loved and lost (whether through natural causes or human error) and add it to a community shrine memorializing the lost plant life. The project is a playful response to the human impulse to memorialize selectively, to ritually mourn the loss of human and animal life, while rarely immortalizing plants with posthumous ceremony and representations. The workshop functioned as a means to reflect on human kinship with the natural world, and the need to take responsibility for the stewardship of flora and green spaces.