THE BEE PROJECT is an outdoor, site-specific installation of modular structures resembling beehives populated by bees creatively and often lovingly made by participants from recycled materials, mostly plastics and metals. The project’s beehive structures are fabricated from carbon steel mesh in the shape of hexagons and painted yellow to resemble a honeycomb. They vary in height from 3 to 6 feet; and can be placed in any number of configurations, taking into consideration the contour of the landscape, buildings, trees, and paths of human traffic. The project also includes online video instructions which offer examples of how to build and install the bees.
THE BEE PROJECT affords children (as well as adults) the opportunity to learn how a bee’s anatomy is constructed by using simple shapes and forms made from recycled materials to create bee sculptures, which may be attached to the honeycomb structures with zip ties. The project was conceived during the pandemic and as an outdoor activity, takes into consideration COVID safety. The result is a project that is creative, connected, educational, and safe.
Project Director, Elena Smyrniotis developed The Bee Project, under the auspices of The Grant Wood Art Colony in collaboration with the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and the Environment, the UI Office of Community Engagement, Indian Creek Nature Center, and Czech Village/New Bohemian District in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A partner in the project of THE BEE PROJECT was University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Steve Hendrix, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of California – Berkley, and has since focused on plant-animal interactions, including reactions of plants to herbivores, and pollination ecology of prairie plants. His last 20 years have been dedicated to the community ecology and conservation of wild bees with an emphasis on bee diversity in different habitats, including produce farms and prairie fragments. Serving as Consulting Curator is Dr. David J. Wagner, President, David J. Wagner, L.L.C. (davidjwagnerllc.com).
THE BEE PROJECT is sure to be a vibrant and meaningful element of any city park or cultural or scientific institution such as a nature or art center, botanical gardens, zoos or museums.
Costs: Affordable, cost-effective fee for 2 or 3 months or longer plus shipping & insurance; with possible option to purchase
Shipping Cost: Additional
Minimum Rental Period: 8 weeks
Size: Under 5,000 sq ft / 465 sq m
Availability: 2023 and beyond
Security Level: Low
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Original Objects: intended as an outdoor installation comprised of modular hexagon structures that resemble honeycomb. These vary in height from 3 to 6 feet, and are constructed of durable carbon steel mesh, painted yellow.
Interactives: Included as part of the package are suggestions for educators to guide students through the process of creating and constructing bees from recycled materials to populate the installation.
Supplementary Materials: Education, Press, Registration. Reception Guest Appearances, Lectures, Workshops (pending scheduling). Supported by On-line Video Instructions including suggested designs, materials and tools.
For more information, please contact:
Lending Organization: Elena Smyrniotis
Contact Person: Elena Smyrniotis, Project Director