Un-Bee-lievable Art

Art and nature cannot get much closer than being the same exact thing! New artists have been using honeycombs made by bees for creating or enhancing their art sculptures. There are a few artists that have gone about this tactic in different ways. Let’s take a look at their different uses and styles for honeycombs in art.

 

Tomáš Libertíny

He is a Slovakian designer that has used bees as sculptors by giving them a rough shape to work with. He creates a shape, like a vase or a body, which is coated in wax and encased to house the bees. The bees are released into the structure to go to work on the wax, building their honeycomb structures.

 

Dewar

This man created a vase/bottle shaped sculpture with a similar tactic to Tomáš, but his motive was to create an advertisement for whiskey that had a new honey flavor. He used over 80,000 bees to shape this sculpture.

 

Aganetha Dyck

Dyck took on a more unique spin to her sculptures; instead of the sculptures being entirely shaped by the honeycomb design in a shape, she let the honeybees go to work on sculptures she had already created. She has used porcelain figures, shoes, sports equipment—any sort of medium—to serve as a base for the bees to do work their wonder. The figurines or mediums are coated lightly wit honeywax to promote honeycomb building, but the bees have free reign on what shapes take place. Dyck’s work is great metaphor for the close connection between nature and society.

 

Ren Ri

Ri has collaborated with bees to make more surreal pieces, and what’s more impressive, world maps. Ri manipulates the way that he bees form the honeycombs, and where, by placing the queen bee in the middle of the box, and rotating the box weekly; that way, the bees would work around her at all times.

 

-- Jessalyn Kieta



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