Wolfgang Buttress, designer of The Hive talks about this unique structure which was inspired by scientific research into the health of bees.
The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminium which create a lattice effect and is fitted with hundreds of LED lights that glow and fade as a unique soundtrack hums and buzzes around you.
These multi-sensory elements of the Hive are in fact responding to the real-time activity of bees in a beehive behind the scenes at Kew. The sound and light intensity within the space changes as the energy levels in the real beehive surge, giving visitors an insight into life inside a bee colony.
The Hive was designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, and created by BDP, Simmonds Studio and Stage One. It was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. The design was inspired in part by Dr Martin Bencsik's groundbreaking scientific research which examines bee vibration and communication patterns.
Find out more about The Hive here: http://www.kew.org/hive
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