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24 May 1997 – 27 Jul 1997
Mike MacDonald. Butterfly Garden 1997. Perennial border, MSVU campus.
Digital Garden was an installation composed of a video projection and laser-printed photographs depicting Eastern Canadian butterflies and the plant species on which they depend. Indigenous plants have been planted on campus to attract local species of butterfly. Each plant favoured by butterflies has a medicinal use.
Mike MacDonald is of Miíkmaq ancestry. Digital Garden coincided with the quincentennial of John Cabotís arrival in Newfoundland. Given this historical context, Digital Garden may be understood as an ecological metaphor for decolonization and healing.
The butterfly garden planted near the MSVU Art Gallery vestibule contains the following plants:
Further online information about Mike MacDonald:
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Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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