Planting Seeds, The Art and Science of Pollination – Artmobile is an art museum for all ages housed in a 48-foot semi-trailer. The Artmobile travels throughout Bucks County from September to June, visiting all 13 school districts and many public sites.
The Artmobile will be open to the public in the Buckingham Township Building Parking Lot on Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th from 11:00am until 3:00pm.
The Artmobile will be open for the Doylestown Nature Club on Monday, May 13th from 1:00 to 3:00pm.
Planting Seeds provides a unique opportunity for meaningful and innovative arts-infused programming that supports STEAM teaching and learning. The exhibit is based on STEAM principles – that Art & Design can drive innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and that interdisciplinary approaches are necessary to solve our most pressing environmental problems. Planting Seeds: The Art & Science of Pollination was inspired by a meadow restoration project currently underway in Tyler State Park involving faculty and students from the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Bucks County Community College. The Artmobile exhibition, curated by Liz Sheehan, tracks the progress of this long-term project through photography and other documentary means, and features 14 artists and scientists from across the nation who work to increase awareness of pollinators in our environment.
With a wide range of methods and media, including artists who partner with scientists or conduct research as part of their studio practice, Planting Seeds introduces how and why they come together to solve problems and to communicate information. Video, digital, and other time-based media reveal patterns in pollinator movement, make visible the mechanics of pollination, and examine the behavior of different species. Botanical illustrators create drawings at the service of science, using technical accuracy and observational skill to communicate both fact and form. Microphotography reveals how bee and butterfly anatomy traps and carries pollen. Infographics distill and convey information, while data visualizations translate complex amounts of research. Other artists employ pattern and poetry to convey the functional beauty of pollinators and plants.
Major funding for Artmobile is provided by Bucks County Community College, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and generous corporate sponsorship.
The Artmobile visit to Buckingham Township is sponsored by the Doylestown Nature Club and Buckingham Township.
A WHYY video of the Artmobile at a local school can be seen at the following location: https://youtu.be/QFX8TgkvqCI