Ever wonder what it’s like to see the world from a bee’s perspective?
Upon visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens in London, visitors will have the chance of a lifetime to step inside the secret life of the honeybee in “The Hive“, a steel art sculpture designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress.
Originally created for the 2015 Milan Expo, the sculpture, now located in London’s Kew Gardens, is made from thousands of pieces of aluminum outfitted with LED lights and microphones connected to a nearby beehive. As the bees’ hums and buzzes grow stronger, the structure’s interior fills with sounds as lights fade and glow to the real-time activity of the bees nearby.
But why? So visitors can learn about the importance of honeybees.
“The purpose of ‘The Hive’ is to tell the story of the role of bees in pollinating crop plants and therefore feeding the planet,” said Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Richard Deverell. “I thought that was perfect for Kew because we want to bring alive why plants matter, and clearly one of the most important things that plants do, is to feed humanity.”
Buttress said he wanted to highlight human senses, as we’re constantly bombarded by digital images.
“The Hive” will be installed in Kew Gardens at the end of 2017.