The Hive

On a recent trip to London, we visited the Kew Gardens and came across “The Hive”. Kind of fun! A critically acclaimed structure “The Hive” encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination, through an immersive sound and visual experience.

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The Hive is a unique structure, inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, it was originally created as the center piece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminum 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. These multi-sensory elements of the Hive are in fact responding 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 life inside a bee colony.

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The multi award-winning Hive was inspired by scientific research into the health of honeybees and has become a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding the planet and the challenges facing bees today.  The Hive is a truly immersive, multi-sensory experience taking visitors on a journey, exploring the vital role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet. At 17 meters high it has been the spectacular center piece at the 2015 Milan Expo and is now a captivating addition to Kew’s already impressive range of iconic buildings.

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