Inside the bee hive

The Hive is a multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the life of bees. A feat of British engineering, it stands 17 metres tall and is set in a wild flower meadow. It is the design of UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress and originally created for the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.

The role of bees in the global food chain is crucial. This artwork, set in Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, is meant to be the intermediary between them and us. Composed of 170,000 assembled pieces of aluminium and 1,000 LED lights, The Hive is connected to a real beehive and reproduces its activity in real time.

The intensity of the sounds and light changes constantly, echoing that of the real beehive. The multi award-winning artwork was inspired by scientific research into the health of honeybees. It is a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding the planet and the challenges facing bees today.

Living it stepped inside The Hive to understand the world of bees and to get a glimpse of their magical universe.

The Hive at Kew Gardens is an open-air art piece. Entry to The Hive is included in a day ticket to Kew.

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