Bee Ark in winter dress

To add even more comfort during the cold months, a winter sheet was placed around the Bee Ark. 

wintersheetplacingimage by Till Bovermann



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….


at the Botanic gardens….


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.



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


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.


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.