'The beehive-inspired pavilion created by artist Wolfgang Buttress for the Milan Expo 2015 reopens in London's Kew Gardens'
This will be a short post but I couldn't help but share, especially when it's related to one of my favourite species, the bee, in one of my favourite places in the entire would, the Kew (gardens). Get the title now? Buttress' inspiration was 'themed around the lifecycle of a bee, The Hive features an elaborate metal honeycomb with an illuminated dome at its centre'. As if the overall sceptical of a giant bee hive in one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world isn't incredible enough, the interior is a sensory world as 'changes in sound and light intensity were triggered by a hive in Nottingham, but they are now linked to the bee colony inside a hive at Kew.'
"I'm not an architect, I'm an artist, so I was more interested in the experience and in how you could convey an idea and a feeling through an experience rather than an object or a building," Buttress told Dezeen in an interview last year.
"The Hive creates a powerful, immersive space for us to explore the urgent issues we face in relation to pollinators, their intimate relationships with plants and their vital role in helping us feed a rapidly growing population," added Richard Deverell, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The nostalgia of Kew Garden's in one thing but what I related to in Buttress' explanation was his description of making the hive an experience for the user and by mimicking the life of bee it would spark a emotional connection with his audience. Buttress' hive is undeniably phenomenal but it is an example of biomimicry inspired what these incredible creatures create and the impact they have on our world. Bee's are one of the greatest examples of a successful eco-system however, as we unfortunately do much to often, we are endangering the species that give so much and put our needs before theirs. Visitors of the Hive can now understand that by harming the bees we would be losing a lot more than our favourite breakfast spread.
Frearson, A. (2016). Wolfgang Buttress' Expo pavilion relocates to Kew Gardens. [online] Dezeen. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/16/wolfgang-buttress-milan-expo-pavilion-relocates-kew-gardens-london-beehive-inspired-hive/ [Accessed 22 Oct. 2016].
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