NRDC & Jenny Kendler spy milkweed and monarchs on Chicago City Hall’s green roof
Artist Jenny Kendler and NRDC’s upcoming project for MD/STL, Milkweed Dispersal Balloons raises awareness about monarch butterflies, and their recent population decline due to climate change and the decrease in milkweed, monarch caterpillars’ only food source.
Milkweed Dispersal Balloons aims to provide an art experience for the viewer, while simultaneously creating an urban source of milkweed for future generations of monarchs. Milkweed is a hearty plants that does well in all types of urban settings, as we were about to see…
Having heard about this art project, as well as NRDC’s ongoing commitment to support pollinators in the Midwest and their extensive work on monarch butterflies, Jenny and the staff of NRDC’s Chicago-based office were recently invited on a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago City Hall’s famous green roof.
The green roof, a prairie floating in the sky amongst art deco and modern skyscrapers, hosts not just one, but five species of milkweed — and indeed, there were monarchs and many other pollinators all over the blooming carpet of native flowers. Unfortunately, the roof is not open to the public, but we took many photos in order to be able to share the experience.
We hope to see you all at MD/STL where you can participate in our art project and become an agent of positive change for the future of these beautiful butterflies.
Schedule for Milkweed Dispersal Balloons
Wednesday, July 30
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Saturday, August 2
8:00 am – noon
Tower Grove Farmers’ Market