By Associated Press - Saturday, July 11, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A public art initiative in Buffalo over the weekend will have participants popping balloons in their neighborhoods to release milkweed seeds packed inside.

Milkweed is the food source for the declining monarch caterpillar population, and artist Jenny Kendler’s performance piece is meant to raise awareness of the dangers of pesticides, loss of habitat, and the plight of the monarch butterfly in general.

At three weekend events, Kendler planned to pass out biodegradable balloons filled with milkweed seeds for participants to bring home and pop outside.

It’s part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative.

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