The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village

a community of experimental urban beehives for Bees and Humans. 

The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village invites beekeepers to become part of Melliferopolis community and to host a colony of bees in a Hexa-Hive in their local environment. The hives are placed in public or semi-public places.  They are conceptually connected by becoming part of a global community.
The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village is a long term collaborative experiment to test the hive design under different conditions (climate, environment, bee-races), but also to explore the collective approach of Melliferopolis and its growing community. 

The distributed HHV is an ongoing project.

In 2018, the first two Hexa-Hives were sent across Europe. One is currently in Bremen, and one is in Bristol.

Hexa-Hive in Bremen:
Dr. Dorothea Brückner is a honey bee researcher at the Honeybee Research Unit of University of Bremen, Germany. Her bees are installed at a bee-yard at the university campus and together with her team, she set up the Hexa-Hive on that site.
The hive was populated with a small swarm, after sensors had been installed in order to monitor the changes inside the box.


Hexa-Hive in Bristol:
A first short report by Charli Clark.
I took the hive to the local beekeepers meeting and there was quite a bit of interest in the design so that was good and
hopefully if not this summer then next we will have bees in it.

I had a bit of a sad start to the summer, my queen died in May, luckily they made a new queen with her eggs and she seems to be building the hive up nicely although I don’t think they will swarm this year as they are still a pretty small hive. I am on the local beekeepers list for a swarm however I think many people are as in general there were many losses over the winter in Britain.

In 2019, Charli made a piece of work on how a beehive foraged for pollen over the course of 1 year. It’s 12 canvases, 1 for each month of the year – you can see that the queen died or swarmed end of July so August collection of pollen was very low and July had the most wonderful pollen colours too, mostly purple/blue.

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Photos by Charli Clark, pollen images
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Photo by Charli Clark – various hives in Bristol
The distributed Hexa-Hive Village is a decentralized art work involving communities in different locations in Europe. Concept: Christina Stadlbauer, 2017.
Featured photo: Ulla Taipale