Thursday 2 August 2012: Wax lyrical
Today was another good London day, spent in one of my favourite places, the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. As well as exploring their excellent wildlife garden, we also looked at this 'living bee sculpture', created in the grounds of the museum as part of the Cultural Olympiad that accompanies the London 2012 Olympic Games. It features a giant flower made of beeswax honeycombs in a glass case acting as a beehive, with a hive of honeybees coming and going through a hole at the top.
The Museum's blurb says the following about it: " A specially-commissioned 'living sculpture' glass tower, The Agreement, created by Slovakian artist Tomà? Libertíny on the Museum Lane lawn. This visually stunning installation is a unique ecosystem and home to a colony of bees. Exploring the relationship between natural and man-made production systems by encouraging living bees to create hives in particular forms, Libertíny extends the bees' natural forms, demonstrating their ability to mirror, as well as build upon, man-made structures."