Manchester School of Art’s Outreach Team brought explorations of how pollution can affect wildlife populations to life for young people from across the city.
The Peppered Moth is a good example of how insects adapt to the changing city environment. During the industrial revolution, the white-winged Peppered Moth became less common that the black-winged variety, due to the vast quantities of soot in the air. In the 20th century, the white-winged population has recovered as pollution has reduced.
Manchester School of Art used this interesting fact in a series of interactive and creative workshops with children from a range of backgrounds. They created video installations and constructed giant insect sculptures which were later displayed in an exhibition alongside activities to encourage engagement from visitors of all ages.
For example, visitors made rosettes which they then awarded to the best examples in a “moth parade” of giant moth sculptures.