The worldwide disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous impacts on the environment and the climate. During countrywide quarantine restrictions this spring Olga Kisseleva’s team started the Lugansad project in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, where regional wildflowers instead of exotic plants planted. The project is initiated by the Art&Science International Institute at the Sorbonne directed by Olga Kisseleva. The goal is to restore traditional flora in the urban space and to prevent biodiversity loss.
The choice of plants includes Lactuca Serriola, Bellis Perennis, Taraxacum Ruderalia, Convolvulus arvensis, Bromus Hordeaceus, Cichorium intybus, Helminthotheka echioides, and many others that in everyday routine we do not notice.
The name of the project goes back to Lugh (sometimes spelled Lug, Lugus), one of the most prominent sun gods of kings, justice, and rulership, master of all arts in Irish mythology and the Celtic world.