UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress’ new sculpture; ‘The Hive’ opened to the public in Kew Gardens in London on June 18, aims at awareness of pollination and acquired great success at Milan Expo 2015.
Resembling a beehive matrix 17-metre long sculpture consists of 150,000 aluminum parts and 1,000 LED lights. 40-tonne structure at the same time depicts the real time movement a colony located in Kew Gardens and provides real-time data thorough LED transmission. LED lights start vibrating, as a visual representation of the bee colony’s activity.
The artist also uses a unique soundtrack of bee sounds and orchestral music to develop an extraordinary experience. While sound effects within the hive resemble the busy life in the colony, visitors get the opportunity to listen to the hive via bone conduction on the floor.
The only award the artist and his team await to this labor and extensive work is the creation of consciousness worldwide of the load bees carry.
In sum, a dayof experience in the hive, sends out a loud and clear message, the bees are in trouble and need our help.