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The Gigantic Hive at Kew Gardens

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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has an extraordinary 17 metre high Hive Installation of sound and light which is controlled by vibrations of honeybees in a hive not far away in the Gardens.




Wolfgang Buttress has created a stunning installation to highlight the importance of pollinators for our existence and to give visitors a direct sense of the way bees communicate. By holding a wooden stick in one’s mouth which is connected to a conductor,  the waggle dance which shows a good food location, food requests(as bees feed one another & quacking & tooting when the virgin queens challenge each other for the right to reign the hive become evident. Martin Bencsik a honeybee research communication expert has developed this experience which is unique outside of a research laboratory. A meadow nearby has also been planted with a range of wildflowers to feed the bees.

For more information visit  Kew Gardens


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