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Entering The Hive, in Kew Gardens, London, is an unique experience.
A 17-metre-high aluminum abstract ‘honey comb’, designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, The Hive was originally created for the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.
The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminum fitted in a lattice effect. Placed in the Hive are accelerometers, or vibration sensors that pick up vibrations from the activity of bees in the Kew Gardens and send them in real-time to the Hive,
The unique soundscape of humming bees and a thousand LED lights glowing and fading in sync, make you feel as if you are inside a bee colony.
An awesome experience – minus the fear of stings!
Did you know?
- Bees can’t see red – literally! They see all color but red
- Only females sting.
That is because the stinger, called an ovipositor, is part of the female bee’s reproductive design. The venom is stored in a sac attached to the stinger. A queen bee uses her ovipositor to lay eggs as well as sting.
Sterile females, also called worker bees, don’t lay eggs. They just use their ovipositor to sting.