Streetsville Pollinator Garden Fence Artwork – Toronto Artscape Atelier and artist Debbie Woo
Park Fence Art, Streetsville’s Pollinator Showcase Garden
Have you ever been to Streetsville’s Pollinator Showcase Garden? A hidden gem located in Streetsville, this park on Queen Street South is a great spot to take a break, stop and smell the flowers and check out the fascinating pollinator species hard at work! To make the park more visible from the street and encourage more visitors, we worked with Toronto Artscape Atelier to commission artist Debbie Woo who has designed and installed a temporary public art piece on the park fence.
Inspired by both, the motivations of the Pollinator Showcase Garden and the Streetsville community spirit, the design by Debbie Woo highlights the critical role of the pollinators that affect our day to day lives, in a way that hopes to engage the community to think beyond the park and incorporate ways to help preserve our pollinators for future generations to enjoy.
Debbie Woo engaged with the Streetsville community over the summer to learn about their favourite park activities and favourite native plants and pollinator species, which she incorporated into the design. Blue jays, white tailed deer, western honey bee, wild blue phlox and beardtongue foxglove are just some of the species you can spot in the design. Some of the community’s favourite park activities that can be seen in the design include birdwatching, beekeeping and canoeing. Debbie Woo focused on sourcing environmentally sustainable materials and paints, to protect the pollinators and create a sustainable piece. The final piece is a beautiful wooden laser-cut artwork made with birch plywood that is finished with milk paint, and naturally sourced tung and pine oils.
Fun fact: the names of the native plants and pollinators are discreetly carved into each piece, for those curious enough to look for them.
Be sure to check out the artwork this fall before it’s de-installed for the winter, and explore the pollinator showcase garden!
Artscape Atelier: Webpage
Debbie Woo: https://www.debbiewoo.com/about