KewHive

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Whilst the sun was out, I wanted to go to Kew Gardens for a nice relaxing walk as well as see all their sights. This is The Hive and it is spectacular! The detailing on the Hive is something else too and once the little lights come on, it looks so beautiful.

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The Hive encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination, through an immersive sound and visual experience.

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.

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