You'll Love Honey Bees Even More Once You See Their Art

You'll Love Honey Bees Even More Once You See Their Art

Like many of us Canadian sculpture artist Aganetha Dyck has deep concerns about mankind's daily impact on the environment and world around us. Her focus on environmental issues centers on inter species communication, specifically the power of the small.

To highlight this, she collaborates with honeybees by placing different objects into honeybee hives, watching the bees decorate and coat her work in paper thin by surprisingly tough and waxy honeycomb. To date she's placed shoes, gloves, porcelain figurines and even sports equipment inside superficially design apiaries.

The results are completely unexpected and often surprisingly amusing, neither Dyck nor her wing tipped collaborators known how the finished piece will look. Her thought-provoking work looks at the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth.

Why her focus on honeybees specifically?

Bees pollinate around 70% of all crop species that feed 90% of the world. It's estimated that honeybees are single handedly responsible for around $30 billion a year in crops.

If the bees die, we would lose a vast amount of plant life that the bees pollinate. If those plants die, animals that rely on them for a source of food and nutrition would die too - having a devastating impact on the entire food chain.

In a world without bees, its highly likely that our supermarkets, greengrocers and convenience stores would only have 50% of the fruit and vegetables they do now. Aganetha Dyck work is a poignant reminder of two completely different life forms whose fate is inextricably intertwined.

Via Colossal

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