Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist, and wild forager who lives in Chicago and elsewhere. She was the first Artist-in-Residence with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and she completed two AK Public Art projects in 2015. Kendler's ReWilding New York (Community Seed Stations) facilitated the dispersal of native wildflower seeds to residents throughout Erie County through ten newsstand boxes that contained free packets of seeds for the public to take and plant in their communities.
For Milkweed Dispersal Balloons, Kendler and a team of performers used a mobile food cart to and pass out biodegradable balloons filled with floating, cloud-like milkweed seeds. Participants were asked to take the balloons back to their neighborhoods and pop them outside, releasing the floating milkweed seeds and allowing the resilient plants the chance to find places to grow so that they could support migrating Monarch butterfly populations in years to come.
From August 17 to 22, 2014, artist collective Tape Art—including artists Kristen Carbone, Leah Smith—created a mural called Buffalo Caverns on the north wall of the Central Library branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library using low-adhesive drawing tape. Passersby were invited to watch, and even contribute to, the creation process. The mural was on view through August 29, 2014, when the artists and passersby removed the tape that made up the mural.