The Hive opened to the public on June 18, 2016 and is scheduled to remain open for 18 months (ie until the end of 2017).
Award-winning #KewHive opens to the public this Saturday. Inspired by research into the health of bees, it is linked to a real beehive using accelerometer technology, causing the lights and unique soundscape inside to change in response to the activity of the bee colony. Google Kew Hive to find out more, or click on the Kew.org link in our profile. #London #architecture #bees #kewgardens #lovekew #kewhive
What is The Hive?
The Hive is a unique structure, inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, it was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.
The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminium which create a lattice effect and is fitted with hundreds of LED lights that glow and fade as a unique soundtrack hums and buzzes around you.
These 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.