If you’ve ever questioned what it’s like to be inside a beehive. This summer, at Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens, you can experience the world of the British bee within Wolfgang Buttress’ award-winning installation, The Hive.
It was initially created to be the centerpiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo and has now been returned to the United Kingdom to wow visitors on this side of the pond. The complex installation spans 17 meters in height and its shape is designed to simulate a swarm of bees, serving as “a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding humanity and the challenges facing bees today.”
“After discovering that bees hum in the key of C, a beautiful, complementary symphony of vocals and cello was composed and recorded, to create a calming, meditative soundscape within The Hive, inspired by the deep visceral hum of bees.”