lovelondonscenes 117 – The Hive, Kew Gardens

Yesterday we went to see the most recent attraction at Kew Gardens – the Hive. The Hive is a 17m high latticework of aluminium pieces which represents the structure of a bee hive. It was designed by a British artist called Wolfgang Buttress, for the UK pavilion at the Milan 2015 Expo and has now been brought back to London.  It’s fascinating from the outside, but even more so from the inside. There you are surrounded by the constant hum of a beehive, supplemented by some human voices and instrumentation which has been created by members of the psychedelic band Spiritualized. In fact there is even an album soundtrack. The Guardian reviewed it in the summer. Apparently bees hum in the key of C.

The other intriguing thing is to watch the LED lights coming on in waves around the structure. These reflect the vibrations emanating from a real beehive in another part of the gardens. The lights aren’t too visible from the outside in the daylight, but we managed to pick a time when it was pretty gloomy – in fact it started to rain quite heavily – so they became quite distinct.

A few photos below.





A few raindrops on the next one, which is taken from the upper level, where it is open to the skies.


Whether the man in black was overwhelmed by it all, or just wanted to get a good photo, who knows!


About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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4 Responses to lovelondonscenes 117 – The Hive, Kew Gardens

  1. Dood says:

    Awesome! Must explore. And I love the fact that bees hum in the key of C.

  2. Resa says:

    Great shots of a really amazing work. WoW!

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