The Hive arrives at Kew Gardens this summer for a limited time. The unique 17-metre tall structure is inspired by scientific research into the health of bees, with multi-sensory elements that respond to real-time bee activity at Kew.
Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, The Hive was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. 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. Reacting 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 the life inside a bee colony.
The multi award-winning Hive is a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding the planet and the challenges facing bees today. Over the summer, talks, tours, activities and films will tell the story of bees and pollination and help visitors understand what they can do to help.
The Hive opens to the public on 18 June 2016 at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, UK, where it will remain a feature in the Gardens through to the end of 2017. Entry to The Hive is included in a day admission ticket to Kew.