Brooklyn-based artist Edina Tokodi is raising money to build a living art installation that highlights the effects of climate change and “dissolves the barriers… between nature and art.” Her proposed exhibit, Living Fence, combines the technologies of a sustainable green wall with public art, and will be on display at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this coming spring if she meets her fundraising goals. Much like her lush green creations of the past, Tokodi’s Living Fence will get people thinking about plants in a whole new way.
Tokodi operates the creative studio Mosstika, which is known for infusing living greenery into public art works. That includes “moss graffiti” in the shape of adorable woodland creatures and her 2008 moss signage in Philadelphia, meant to encourage commuters to “go green” at the request of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). For her proposed installation, the artist uses a similar approach, fusing living green plants with a preconceived image on a freestanding billboard frame.
Living Fence is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), which allows artists to raise tax-deductible funds to support their creative endeavors. Individual contributions can be made through NYFA to help fund Tokodi’s project. Her current goal is $20,200, and Tokodi has applied to a number of grants that may help supply some of those funds.
If Tokodi raises enough money, her exhibit will be hosted at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the spring of 2017, where the artist hopes it will inspire visitors to think about water conservation and make a stronger connection with their immediate environment. While that connection is part of Tokodi’s larger philosophy about the role of public art, this piece was specifically designed to progress the conversation about how humans can help combat the effects of climate change.
Images via Edina Tokodi