Down the hall from Loonie Lake in the Toronto media centre, taxpayers are being hit up yet again, this time for something called “The Living Wall.”
Summit organizers are contracting a massive wall of pre-cultivated plants that come with their own irrigation system.
This, we are told in government documents, will be the G20 summit’s “signature environmental project.”
“Leaving an environmental legacy is an important component of the overall environmental strategy for the G20 summit.”
(Speaking of legacy, Toronto taxpayers will have to take care of this vertical flowerbed for the next century).
How much The Living Wall will end up costing Canadian taxpayers is anyone’s guess.
With two weeks to go before the structure has to be in full bloom, the summit management office sent us a note saying it still had no cost estimates for the project.
Likely translation: The bill for this thing is too outrageous for publication.
Actually, Living Wall is a T.O.based company. That's a picture of one of their product at the top of the post (there' a wood frame under the foliage). And while the "pricing" section of their website says "coming soon...", we can find preliminary cost info in one of the company brochures:
I will leave it to my readers to decide whether the cost is worth it.