power2give Project: McColl Center Artist Helps Control Invasive Plants at Freedom Park

14 Dec

By Jennifer Gilewski

power2give.org recently helped McColl Center for Visual Art raise money for its Environmental Artist-in-Residence (EAIR) program. The $1,000 raised through the site helped McColl Center purchase supplies needed for its one of their current artists-in-residence, Bev Nagy, to create an installation that monitors and measures various non-toxic ways to stop the growth of non-native and invasive plant species.

The EAIR program matches artists with ecological problem areas in Charlotte parks.  Nagy was given the opportunity to be a mad scientist, potion master and explorer at Freedom Park with McColl’s Mad Scientist Art Lab project.

Nagy and the EAIR team worked alongside James Collins, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s 2010 Conservationist of the Year, in a rare woodland located beside Little Sugar Creek. This wooded area, also known as a Piedmont Bottomland Forest, has experienced an influx of exotic vegetation and invasive woody plants.

The main goal of this collaborative art installation is to find successful, sustainable and easily executed methods of controlling the growth of invasive bushes and trees in the Carolinas using recycled, biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic materials.

The materials purchased through the support of donors on power2give include: twine, burlap, straw, tubing, wood stakes, coir matting, tools and wattle material.

To learn more about McColl Center for Visual Art’s Environmental Artist-in-Residence program, visit their website.

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