Artist Projects

Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary


Juan William Chávez

The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary is a proposal for the City of St. Louis to transform the urban forest where the Pruitt-Igoe housing development once stood into a public space that cultivates community through beekeeping and preserving 33 acres of green space. Drawing parallels to the depleting population of bees and shrinking cities, this interdisciplinary project-in-progress aims to redirect the conversation surrounding Pruitt-Igoe by developing creative strategies that both memorialize the past and embrace the future. By envisioning potential in urban abandonment, we could transform one of the worst failures of public housing into a leading example of revitalization.


 

Project Updates

  • Chávez receives a Kindle project grant for Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary