Kew - The Hive

Kew - The Hive
 
 

Created as part of the 2015 Milan Expo, Wolfgang Buttress' 'The Hive' is a structure which tells the story of the honey bee. Not just visually impressive, The Hive is an immersive experience which includes sound along with the glowing LED lights. The amazing thing about it is that the soundtrack, and the movement of the lights, is created by the activity of real bees in a behind-the-scenes hive. 

 

According to the Kew Gardens website, the structure is made from approximately 170,000 parts, thousands of which are made from aluminium and catch the sunlight as it moves through the day. Inspired by research into the health of bees, the piece aims to promote the importance of pollination. The structure almost feels as if it is alive, mirroring the life of the real beehive, and the experience is at once calming and exhilarating as the energy of the bees ebbs and flows. 

 

Go when the weather is good, since it can be closed when it's badly raining, and sunny days make for the more interesting reflections off the aluminium grid pieces.