lights camera sound actions | time-based contemporary art

Wheels on the Bus (2009)

Wheels on the Bus-E.ChittyThe Wheels on the BusOld tires are usually associated with dumping grounds – this garden recycles bus tires as plant trellises. Situated by the bus terminal, the garden celebrates public transit as a key strategy to “green” and sustainable communities. To further “green” downtown, the garden is planted with plants that are attractive to birds and butterflies. The title of course references the song familiar to toddlers everywhere! I hope that those driving by on a local or inter-city bus pulling out of the nearby terminal may notice this garden hiccup in the urban landscape and smile.

DSC00372Plant Material: Asclepias incarnate ‘Ice Ballet’ – Butterfly Flower; Buddleia davidii ‘Pink Delight’ – Butterfly Bush; Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam” – Threadleaf Tickseed; Echinacea purpurea ‘Primadonna White’ and unknown; Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Sun’ – Orange Sunflower; Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Southern Belle Mix’; Ipomoea tricolour – Morning Glory “Heavenly Blue” & “Split Personality”; I. coccinea – Cardinalis Morning Glory; Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’- Black-Eyed Susan; Thunbergia alata ‘African Sunset’- Black-Eyed Susan Vine and Trapaelum majus – ‘Empress of India’ & Tall Mixture – Nasturtium.

Wheels On The Bus was a project of St. Catharines and Area Arts Council and the City of St. Catharines with the support of the St. Catharines Downtown Association.  Two temporary gardens were built during the SCAAC Artists’ Gardens for the Garden City Program.

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