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Pollinators: students create art with function

Shelley Toon Lindberg of Arts in Education of the Gorge talks with students visiting from Lewis and Clark Montessori in Portland, along with artist MacRae Wylde.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
Shelley Toon Lindberg of Arts in Education of the Gorge talks with students visiting from Lewis and Clark Montessori in Portland, along with artist MacRae Wylde.

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Bundles of bamboo will fill the spaces in the sculptures, giving habitat to pollinating mason bees.

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Gray and Remmy Reswick of Montessori School, right, wrap bamboo in twine. The sculpture project was funded by an Oregon Arts Commission World of Work grant.

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Hood River artist MacRae Wylde, left, with Amy Gray of Arts in Education, places bamboo in one of two pollinators

An innovative arts-meets-ag project is now in place at Hood River FISH Food Bank garden on Tucker Road, in a collaboration with Hood River County students, and the Arts in Education of the Gorge, directed by Shelley Toon Lindberg. Hood River artist MacRae Wylde, left, with Amy Gray of Arts in Education, places bamboo in one of two pollinators — metal eight-foot sculptures Wylde created with the help of Wy’east Middle School students, and placed permanently at the site just steps away from the corn, tomatoes, and squash. Gray and Remmy Reswick of Montessori School, right, wrap bamboo in twine. The sculpture project was funded by an Oregon Arts Commission World of Work grant. Two more pollinator sculptures are in place in the Performing Arts Center courtyard. Pollinators are structures large and small that provide a place for bees, birds and other pollinators to take roost near gardens. Lindberg said the projects give students a greater understanding how food is grown locally.

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