Airstrip for Pollinators

by Ulla Taipale

Airstrip for Pollinators is a flower bed, with a selection of native Finnish plants, that attract pollinators with their nectar and pollen, and bloom one after another, from April to end of September. It is a narrow stripe which aims to animate desert like green areas of grass that have nothing to offer pollinators.

In 2014 the installation Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Bees was shown as part of the art exhibition Semi-Wild Gardens at Kouvola city art museum and in 2016, the installation was placed in Tarja Halonen Park, a public area in the centre of Helsinki. 

After Kouvola, Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Bees was built up in Tarja Halonen park in the centre of Helsinki in 2016. The name of the work was converted in 2018 to Airstrip for Pollinators, as we noticed that all kinds of flying and pollinating insects, not just bees, were attracted to its offerings.

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Setup of the Airstrip for Bees in Tarja Halonen park, in May 2016. Photo: Ulla Taipale
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Photo: Ulla Taipale

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