Wolfgang Buttress is an award winning artist, whose works can be found in both public and private spaces. This summer, his installation The Hive is showcased on the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
Buttress entered The Hive into the Milan Expo in 2015, where artists were asked to respond to the theme: “feeding the planet.” He received the BIE Gold Award for Architecture and Landscape for his focus on the honeybee and the insect’s importance as a pollinator in the global food chain. The Hive is based on Buttress’ interpretation of an apiary and utilizes a sensory experience for audiences.
More information about The Hive can be found here:
“The Hive is an abstracted analogue of a honeycomb. A rotational twist in the structure introduces movement, suggestive of a swarm. The form is a 14m cube raised-up on columns, appearing almost to hover above the meadow. A spherical void hollowed from the centre, allows visitors to enter. Walking beneath the sculpture, visitors may peer up through the glass floor into the interior.
Accelerometers (vibration sensors) are used to measure the activity of a real bee colony living at Kew, feeding live signals to 1000 LED luminaires which line the interior of the Hive. Algorithms are used to convert these vibrational signals into lighting effects, allowing the Hive to convey a visual representation of the state of the colony. This visual experience is complemented by a soundscape based upon pre-recorded bee sounds and harmonious stems crafted by an ensemble of musicians.
The Hive represents the intrinsic and important relationship between bee and human bringing together art, science, sound and landscape through an immersive and multi-sensory experience.”
The Hive is open to for public viewing this summer.
Photography by Jeff Eden, Laurian Ghinitoiu, and Skyvantage.
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