In 2016, the installation was first placed in a public park, the Tarja Halosen puisto, in the city of Helsinki. This park area is openly accessible at all times, and visitors are invited to use this life installation freely, to get in touch with a patch of nature wilderness in the urban context.
The City of Helsinki agreed to install the art work semi-permanently – so the bees and their airstrip will be back in Tarja Halosen puisto in the spring of 2017!
The Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Bees was first exhibited in 2015, at the art museum Kouvola, as part of the exhibition “Semi-wild gardens”; see more here.
The Hexa-Hive Village was shown for the first time in 2013, at Otaniemi campus of Aalto University. The hexagonal boxes are arranged as landscape intervention. Some of the Hexa-Hives host colonies of bees, some others serve as outdoor furniture for human visitors.
The presence of a bee colony has the power to transform the environment and bring a life element into the space. The Hexa-Hive village invites to explore this transformation, enter the “bee space” and experience intimacy with these insects via their ongoing movement, their smells and sounds.
The Airstrip is an answer to public green spaces in the city often being just a patch of grass. These grassy areas look green and give visitors the feeling of nature, but for pollinators they are desert land, no food to be found. The airstrip therefore answers the very anthropocentric approach to “providing nature” by offering a real buffet honeybees and other pollinators. Human visitors can enjoy the colours, smells and lush vegetal life
Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Bees is an art work by Christina Stadlbauer and Ulla Taipale.