Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Pansy Project

I first read about this a while ago but for some reason I did not think to write a post about it until now, even though I think it is well worthy of attention. The Pansy Project is the work of British artist Paul Harfleet and is meant to draw attention to the all-too-common evil that is homophobia. Harfleet plants  pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) at sites where homophobic incidents, such as name calling or violent attacks, have occurred. He then photographs the pansy and records the location and the incident alongside the image. To see a gallery of these works and to learn more about the project, you can visit The Pansy Project Website as well as The Pansy Project Blog. It really is an admirable idea, and a garden designed as part of the project even won a gold medal at the 2010 Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show!

2 comments:

  1. First, We do have so many many differen kinds and species of birds here at the lake. I only mentioned a few in my postings yesterday. One could almost take a bird book and go through it and find dozens and dozens of the many different birds passing through at this time of year. If you ever get back to Michigan, take a drive and come for a visit and spend a few days here at the lake and in the gardens. You might like it as a change of pace.
    Second, your posting today was very well taken. The whole homophobic attitudes out there really say more about the homophobe than the homosexual. People so afraid of their own sexuality that they lash out at others to justify their own scared selves. I will plant some pansies just to be in "unity" with the ideas you posted. Thanks Jack

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  2. thats a nice idea. i hope it gains momentum.
    happy easter!

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