The Bending Hives were originally created as a part of the Colony Expanse installation displayed in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC summer 2018. They are now on permanent display at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC. The other part of the piece is 193 hand-painted bees on board – one for every member state of the United Nations. The Bending Hive sculptures were part of a collaboration between The Good of the Hive, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and the Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
The Bending Hives invite your curiosity and imagination. Look closer – from different angles – at the world we share with bees.
The work that The Good of the Hive produces all harkens back to the moment the artist spent with a honey bee on the floor of his apartment in NYC in 2008. In a matter of a couple of hours he realized he had never really ‘seen’ a bee. When he did look closer, he found a beauty there that he’d never imagined. Inspiring people to look closer is the essence of what The Good of the Hive is about. Beekeeping is a bridge to the natural world for the simple fact that although we ‘keep’ bees, they are forever wild. We are limiting ourselves when we only see what they offer us, rather than seeing them as a species of animal working tirelessly to support all life.