Sculptures with Bee Honeycombs
In North America and Europe, as in many other parts of the world, the population of honeybees in the last few decades has decreased by 30-50% (a conservative estimate) due to the destruction of the colonies syndrome. It is the phenomenon where bees leave the hive, flying away in an unknown direction.
Sculptures with Bee Honeycombs by Aganetha Dyck
Aganetha Dyck’s sculptures
The reasons for this behavior is not yet completely understood, but we have already encountered the consequences: the destruction of bee colonies can cause serious damage to the ecosystem and affect the population of pollinated plants, as well as production of honey.
Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck is interested in research in the field of interspecies communication, in particular, the consequences which may result in the disappearance of bees. The artist creates delicate art objects, using for these purposes porcelain figurines, shoes, sports equipment and other household items.
Dyck puts the future works of art into special apiary, where bees immediately begin to decorate a new piece of furniture by their honeycombs. Within a few weeks, and sometimes months, the object plastered with beeswax is completely transformed.
In addition to an interesting aesthetic effect, Dyke’s sculptures are designed to convey to the audience not new, but still relevant idea: people should learn to take into account the fact that we are not the only form of life on the planet. Our existence depends on the general welfare of the global ecosystem -the complex multilevel structure, which can break down and collapse due to people’s carelessness.
Moreover, the subjects treated by bees are really interesting to look at. According to Cathi Charles Wherry, a curator of Dyck’s exhibition, her sculptures remind us that all the constructions are short-lived compared to the period of life of the planet and the processes that occur in nature. The exhibition will open in March.