Bees Control Light and Sound Installation at Kew Gardens

Designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, the “Hive” is a 17-meter-tall, 40-ton steel sculpture built in a meadow. The sculpture houses thousands of honeybees, whose activity triggers LED lights to pulse and sounds such as cello and vocals to emit from speakers.

The idea behind the Hive is to raise awareness of the role bees play in pollinating crop plants and therefore sustaining human and animal life. Honeybees are still in decline due to colony collapse disorder.

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