Paper Meadows selected for the Sustainable Ireland Award...
BPW artists Donall Billings, Eimear McCann and Anushiya Sundaralingam - have been working alongside RSPB NI and Queens’ University Belfast to create a unique installation that demonstrates the beauty of the natural world, the need to protect it and its role in inspiring art.
Each of the 1,175 paper wildflowers on display were individually sculpted into shape, threaded and woven with wire to enable the stems to sway and move in the wind as they would do in a wildflower meadow. After the display period, flowers were be distributed and planted in school gardens. They will subsequently biodegrade, allowing trapped seeds to grow into a real wildflower meadow.
A number of the dried paper wildflowers were selected to be printed with bees and butterflies using a relief printmaking technique. The surfaces of the relief blocks were individually hand carved and inked up in different colours to represent the buff-tailed bumblebee, the common blue butterfly and the peacock butterfly.
Read more about the Paper Meadows project on the RSPB blog.