Sunday 25 September 2016


South Lawn

Wolfgang Buttress: The Life of The Hive

Nottingham-based, award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress works wonders with public space. His simple, elegant and contextual public artworks seek to define and highlight our relationship with the natural world. They can be seen from Lucent in Chicago to UNA in Canberra and include the highly acclaimed elaborate aluminium honeycomb pavilion known as The Hive.

Themed around the challenges facing the honey bee and conceived as the centre-piece of the British Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo– for which he won its top award -  The Hive has now been re-built at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where it is attracting thousands of visitors.

Wolfgang talks about his approach to his work and its relationship with architecture, science and the environment, giving special focus to the story behind The Hive.

Accompanied by film clips and a meditative soundscape featuring a 40,000-strong honeybee colony with human musical accompaniment, Wolfgang’s talk offers a taste of the multi-sensory experience visitors enjoy at The Hive.


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