In 2014, a further development of the Hexa-Hive – the installation Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Bees – was shown as part of the art exhibition Semi-Wild Gardens at Kouvola city art museum and in 2016, the installation was placed in Tarja Halonen Park, a public area in the centre of Helsinki.
Later the installation was renamed to Airstrip for Pollinators, as it attracts many more insects than just honeybees.
Airstrip for Pollinators is a flower bed, with a selection of native Finnish plants that bloom one after another, from April to end of September. It is a narrow stripe which aims to animate desert like green areas of grass that have nothing to offer pollinators by offering nectar and pollen to them.
The article Inter-species encounters at the “Hexa-Hives” reflects in detail on the Hexa-Hive village and its effect on the inhabitants of the city.
The findings include the emergence of a “garden quality” around the “Hexa-Hive”, an increase of local faunal and floral diversity and a notion of added wilderness in the city. This installation aims to highlight the concept of urban acupuncture and the mental and psychological value of public gardens for human health.
The article was published in the Urban Forestry and Urban Greening magazine, Volume 30 in March 2018, within a special issue on urban gardens. Please find an abstract here.