The Hive at Kew
Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Created by artist Wolfgang Buttress for the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, the Hive now lives at Kew Gardens, where it soars fifty feet into the air, offering visitors to the Gcardens an immersive, multisensory experience rooted in the latest scientific research into the lives of bees. Visitors approach the giant lattice structure through a wildflower meadow—just as if they were bees returning home. Inside, the hive buzzes with activity: glowing LEDs shimmer through the space, while a symphony of orchestral sounds fill the air, as a soundscape of buzzes and pulses rumbles underneath. The result is an unforgettable simulation of life in the hive, and a potent reminder of the complexity of bee life.
This book celebrates the installation of the Hive through stunning photography and accounts of the artwork’s scientific underpinnings. It’s the perfect gift for any budding beekeeper.