In 2014, a further development, 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 it was renamed to Airstrip for Pollinators.

Airstrip for Pollinators is a flower bed, with a selection of native Finnish plants, that attract pollinators with their nectar and pollen, and 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. After Kouvola, Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Bees was built up in Tarja Halonen park in the centre of Helsinki in 2016. The name of the work was converted in 2018 to Airstrip for Pollinators, as we noticed that all kinds of flying and pollinating insects, not just bees, were attracted to its offerings.

The article explores the effects of the installation assessed via a questionnaire. 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 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.


 

Airstrip for Pollinators was designed by Ulla Taipale.
Hexa-Hive Village with Airstrip for Pollinators  is an outdoor installation with a colony of honeybees, sitting hives for people and a flower bed for pollinating insects.
Concept: Christina Stadlbauer and Ulla Taipale with a working group consisting of Christina Stadlbauer, Ulla Taipale, Hanna Kaisa Vainio and others. The entire installation was first installed as part of Semi-Wild Garden Exhibition at Kouvola, 2015, and then, at Tarja Halonen park in Helsinki 2016->
Featured illustration: Andrés Marin Jarque