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The Hive is an award-winning design by British artist Wolfgang Buttress, which was the creative interpretation of the theme ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’ for the World Expo 2015 in Milan (1 May to 31 October). From June 2016, it will be re-imagined in the setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Soaring 17 metres in the air and adorned with hundreds of glowing LED lights, the 40-tonne structure is a multi-sensory, experiential installation that immerses the visitor into the life of bees. Light and soundscapes are triggered by vibration sensors in a real beehive, surging and subsiding with the bees’ energy levels.
You’ll almost feel as though you are a bee returning to the hive, as this magnificent aluminium structure draws you into the space via an English, wildflower meadow.
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