The Seedling Project is a site specific installation by artist Alexandra Mitchell of native flowering plant seedlings particular to the Hunter Region. The installation formation will mirror the shadows made by the roof above the Exercise Yard at The Lock Up in order to allow audience members to consider the shadow over the earth which has been cast by human caused climate change and the potential to negate it through affirmative planting.
Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (United Kingdom) states that ‘there’s a great deal of interest in technologies that might remove carbon dioxide…but the first thing to say is that we already have these technologies and they’re called trees.’
Each seedling in the installation will grow into a plant that will reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As native flowering plants particular to the Hunter Region they will assist the local ecosystem, especially local bee populations which rely on diverse flowering native plants in order to survive and thrive.
Audience members will be invited to take a seedling home with them at the end of the installation. As the seedlings grow into plants The Seedling Project will continue after Critical Animals 2019 and into the future. Audience members are invited to send photos of their plants to the Instagram account associated with the project which will be launched at Critical Animals 2019.