The project from the first term was titled ‘Tell The Bees”. This space was designed to attract bees into a safe environment which allows the visitor to interact with them on a personal and more intimate level, whilst telling them whatever they please. This could be a secret, a prayer or simply telling them about their day. The materials used as well as the shape of the interior of the monument is designed to reflect sound so it can be amplified. Although bees are very small creatures, their bright colours stand out against the grey tones, and the sound of their wings can be heard even if the inhabitant is unable to locate them.
This programme sparked when thinking about some of the dilemmas in the world, which for me at the time was global warming and the climate crisis we are facing at such rapid speed. Later on this had to be more specific, so the marriage of honeybees and veganism was a strong connection I decided to use. I also wrote a poem to get this across a little better:
I am what you see,
no lives inside of me.
Like the little honey bee, the fluffy friendly sheep,
or the fish swimming in the sea, all living gracefully.
I will not murder shamelessly,
For I want to live in harmony.
‘Beeloved’ is a project which follows on from ‘Tell The Bees’. It is set a lot further in the future when the predictions of honeybee numbers are set to be a lot worse. My host building is located in Queens Park, Brighton, a very short walk from my monument. The theme continues, however, on a much larger scale. It is in conjunction with informative artwork to raise awareness and educate those who enter, about how bees communicate and certain things they might be telling us. In order to understand them better and be equipped to help a key part of our ecosystem that is in critical danger of extinction, we need to be more knowledgable.