I’m blue, you’re yellow
- 2010 – ongoing
- Artists: Rebecca Chesney
- Location: Everton Park, Netherfield Road North, Liverpool
- Produced by: Landlife
- External links: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Rebecca Chesney
In 2012 artist Rebecca Chesney was commissioned to make I’m blue, you’re yellow , two acres (8000m2) of meadow planted in Everton Park in Liverpool. One acre is made entirely of blue flowering species, the other acre is entirely of yellow flowering species. Each acre is square in shape and planted slightly apart from each other.
The idea came as a result of Chesney's research during a residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2010/11 where she proposed the creation of habitat to help encourage and support local populations of bees and other insects. Although the meadows couldn't be planted on the YSP Bretton Estate, the Everton Park site was identified as being suitable for the development of the meadow intervention. The creation of the meadows was commissioned by Landlife, with support from the National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool City Council, Friends of Everton Park, the Liverpool Biennial and were funded by Arts Council England.
Creating a striking visual impact on the landscape, the meadows provide a rich source of food for many different species: bees, butterflies, moths, ants, beetles and hoverflies etc… which in turn attracts birds and bats to the site. Situated close to Liverpool city centre and surrounded by a large population, the meadows, which are free to visit and open all day, provide an attractive place to go to observe and enjoy close contact with nature.
The meadows have continually changed since 2012: annual plants slowly declining, the perennial plants establishing and thriving, some species disappearing and other wildflower species coming in. The meadows are never static: they change colour with the weather, move and sway in the breeze and are alive with foraging insect life. Events held on the meadows include seeding, weeding and bee ID workshops, and they provide a resource for nature studies to local primary schools and a site for research into colour preference in pollinators by Liverpool John Moores University conservation students.
In 2015 the meadows were extended to cover more areas of the park with Grow Wild England Flagship award funding and further investment was secured from Eden Projects in 2018 and Liverpool City Council in 2019 - 2020 to help maintain the meadows and associated engagement projects.