Functional Art in the Park!March 30th, 2016
Creative upcycling of invasive English ivy in Stanley Park produced this functional work of art:
After removing the vines of invasive English ivy from Stanley Park and drying them for a period of time, SPES volunteers helped environmental artist Sharon Kallis twist together an ivy sculpture representing the root system of a cedar tree in the Park.
Laid at the base of the tree, the sculpture alerts trail users to the delicate roots below and dissuades them from stepping on the soil and compacting it. Compaction can lead to surface water runoff and erosion, and root damage.
This unique upcycling project has also produced wattle fencing from Himalayan blackberry canes and “bionets” of woven ivy for erosion control around Stanley Park.
This project is made possible by funding support from: