Kind of at the last minute, I got an email about my ‘Concrete Tower turned Bug Hotel’ at Creekside Discovery Centre, to the effect of: it hasn’t been turned into a bug hotel yet, sorry… something to do with volunteers and vacations. And would I mind doing that transformation as part of the festival? My response: Well, I’ve never made a bug hotel before and it’s a bit short notice, and things are really very busy at the moment but, you know what – sure, why not?
The centre are providing the buddleia branches, my bf’s mum’s garden is providing the bamboo, and the local park’s gardeners are providing the logs.
I figure it has potential to be more interesting (and fun?) for visitors, especially the littler ones, to be able to contribute to the making of this home for beneficial insects (and their eggs and larvae) out of this sculpture that was made in the studios next door, for a different purpose originally, but which is being given this new, unexpected purpose – a hibernation chamber for those beneficial bugs to wait out the winter. Then participants can come back in the spring and summer (or any time they like) and in years to come, to see it evolving into something a bit more weathered (and hopefully moss-covered – if you get a chance, go check out the stuff they’ve pulled from the creek. I love that mossy old radio/cd player/tape-deck!)
The kids will be able to tell their mates: Hey, look, I helped to make that! It’s a home for bees, ladybirds, spiders, woodlice and whatever other creepy crawlies want to live there. Bees are good because this, this and this. Ladybirds are great for this reason. Spiders are good because this, that and the other thing. (You get the picture). And they can show off their nature knowledge and enthusiasm for conservation. How great is that?
Deptford X’s lead artist Bob&Roberta Smith has proposed the question for this year’s festival focus: What is the Value of Art?I think kids will be able to tell you the answer to that, no problem!
Here are some tips I’ve found from the RSPB website about such matters if you want to make your own version in your garden!
And this, from a site called Garden Therapy. Sweet.
Oh, and also, I’m singing for a Janette Parris’ piece in Deptford market tomorrow lunchtime as part of the festival. Not shouting about it, cos I’m a bit shy & insecure about it. But I promise I’ll overcome it on the day. Going to be fun. Weather and punters, please be kind, please be kind!!