Around the world, the weeds are coming up.

Coaxed by artists, weeds are being invited to do their thing. It is an unlikely and (for me) encouraging trend in contemporary art. These simple interventions are being placed in view on public land, and make quiet, strong statements about our need to let the diversity of the natural pattern return.

At Documenta, Song Dong’s pile of rubbish becomes a flash of exuberant weeds, “doing nothing“:

Song Dong “Doing Nothing Garden” via

Kerry Morrison’s Running wild (no short cuts) allows sections of Liverpool parks to return to overgrown, bio-diverse carpets:

Kerry Morrison Running wild (no short cuts)

And Seattle’s own Sarah Bergmann invites bees and other pollinators to return to the city by way of her Pollinator Pathway:

From the Pollinator Pathway website:

Pollinating insects are in crisis, with populations plummeting across the U.S. The work that these tiny animals do to sustain plants and food crops– usually working out-of-sight and out-of-mind– is critical to not just their survival but our own.

The Pollinator Pathway is a plan being developed by artist and ecological designer Sarah Bergmann to provide a model of support to the foundation of the food web. With a mile-long series of gardens in planting strips along Seattle’s Columbia Street, the project establishes a corridor between the two green spaces bookending the project-Seattle University’s campus at 12th, and Nora’s Woods at 29th.