York Art Gallery

4 August to 6 October 2018

The Pollinarium is a project by Loop.pH, a spatial laboratory that creates art installations around the world with an ecological and environmental theme. The Pollinarium itself, which is a huge inflatable structure, will be installed in September, but before that, a team of artists and volunteers have created the timber plant pavilion which houses hundreds of pots of local flowering plants to attract insects.

The next stage – and a signature design for Loop.pH – will be ‘Archilace’, a structure made from carbon fibre and fibre-reinforced plastic to form a living structure for climbing and trailing plants to grow around. Described as ‘urban knitting’ to reflect the way that strands of the fibre are twisted together to create architectural honeycomb-style freestanding wall sections, this unique technique has been used to create stunning sculptures in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and Versailles, France with a piece in the permanent collection of the MoMA, NY.

The final stage of the project, which has been co-commissioned by York Mediale, York Museums Trust and Invisible Dust and will open on Saturday 29 September, will see visitors invited to step inside a mixed reality environment, to experience the world through the senses of a pollinating insect.

The full programme of family-friendly events over the summer will be posted on The Pollinarium. All events are free.