Originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, the awe-insipiring installation dubbed The Hive is a buzzing design, created by the UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress.
The installation is constructed from approximately 170,000 parts to create a lattice effect. It is additionally fitted with 1,000 flickering LED lights. From afar, it looks like the artificial hive is actually alive and buzzing with thousands and thousands of busy bees, when in fact, from up close you experience a metallic, glittering structure, producing a captivating low, humming sound that mixes with poetic sounds of violins, cellos, and various other instruments.
As explained on the Kew website, "the 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." The critically acclaimed instalaltion reaches 56 feet in height and weighs around 44 tons. The feel of standing right beneath it, listening to a unique composition of artificial and natural sounds is truly majestic.
The Hive is already open to the public at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, England. If you wish to see the installation for yourself, you can purchase the tickets directly on the Kew website. The Hive will be waiting for you from June 2016 to November 2017.