Opening at Kouvola Art Museum Poikilo

At the opening of the Semi-Wild Garden Exhibition in Kouvola, the bees were hiding, as it was raining.

An article in the Kouvola Sanomat mentions the work in the park (shortened online version, in Finnish only).

On the 12th of May, the gallery space was opened as well, with the Sundance Palimpsest. The Palimpsest is a collection of beeswax sheets with the recordings of the sun-rays in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, in the summer 2014.
The 37 sheets are framed and exhibited in the room, together with Heliocentric, a video work by Semiconductor (UK).

Both the installation and the audiovisual work, reproduce the path of the Sun, once recorded into beeswax and once on digital media. The works are a tribute to our Light Star, an essential factor of all Gardens of the World.

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Migrating a Swarm

What a lucky coincidence – during our workshop in Kaisaniemi a swarm appeared! Hanna and Mika have placed bees as part of the community gardens in Kuusiluoto. These bees from Artova ry Association have swarmed and Mika and his friends have caught the colony and agreed to place the bees in the Sensored Hive! The bees live on the island of Kuusiluoto and on Tuesday, 10th of June, we row them over to the mainland and give them a new home in Kaisaniemi.

Mika caught the swarm, Harri helped – a fisher net can have many uses…

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The cardboard box was too flimsy to keep the swarm contained. Extra cover with a textile helped – a bit.

 

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Transfer to a Langstroth box made the transport to Kaisaniemi more stable.

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The boat transfer to the mainland.

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Architecture for Bees – Bees for Architecture

bee ark compositionThe third Melliferopolis workshop in Helsinki is taking place at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. The first workshop day was dedicated to soft materials and experimenting with felt to make an object that would be placed in a hive….

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at the Botanic gardens….

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During the second and third day, we created a sculpture to host a colony of bees. The participants decided to use a felt flower bud and paint it in beeswax.

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 For weather protection, the felt flower bud was covered in branches and reed.

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We were lucky to get a call from Arto Koljonen, a Helsinki based bee keeper, who had caught a swarm and donated the bees to our sculpture.

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On Wednesday, we placed the sculpture in the trees and gave these bees a new home. This live sculpture can be visited at the arboretum in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden.

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Sensored Hive – Translating Bees

During the Pixelache Camp Helsinki at Vartiosaari, we equipped a hive with temperature, humidity, and weight sensors. The participants of the Festival showed great interest and the hive will be placed in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden next to the meteorological station.

We worked indoors …

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… outdoors ….

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and had a visit from one of the non-human collaborators!

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More images are also to be found on Erno’s facebook picture collection – thanx Erno!