“The Hive” is an installation by English artist Wolfgang Buttress. The lights and sounds inside the sculpture are controlled by the vibrations of a real beehive
Deep inside the Royal Botanical Gardens in London, a 40 ton steel sculpture has arisen in a peaceful wildflower meadow. The structure is called “The Hive” — a 17 meter tall ode to the plight of honeybees, created by artist Wolfgang Buttress.
Originally commissioned and designed for the 2015 Milan Expo as the centrepiece of the UK pavilion, the structure went on to win the Gold Medal at the event. Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminum, “The Hive” has been painstakingly reassembled in London’s Kew Gardens over the past six months — marking the first time a UK pavilion has ever been rebuilt in the UK.
Wolfgang Buttress, a sculptor based in Nottingham, UK, was keen to design a multi-sensory experience. “The Hive” is fitted with thousands of LED lights and microphones entirely controlled by the vibrations of a nearby real-life beehive inside Kew Gardens. The structure emanates a meditative soundscape composed of bee noises, cello and vocals, which rise in intensity the busier the beehive gets.
“I think these days we are bombarded by so many digital images and sometimes we forget how powerful and important sounds, touch and smell are. So to me that was really important, that these elements were at the heart of the installation,” the artist explained. […]