Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

 

I began working with honeybees due to the plight of the bees, but 2013 was the first summer I did not have my own bees to work with.  Every hive I thought I would be working with fell through, due to ill health, colony collapse, and even a bear attack.  But I did have dead bees, and so I made a shrine for the "last bee", utilizing moss, rye roots, holi powder, and of course, a bee.  The yellow symbol is a graphical representation of the waggle dance, the set of movements that the bees do in order to communicate directions to food and potential new homes.  This installation was created in a 100+ - year-old dairy barn in Roxbury New York on the Straight Out of the Ground Farm, as part of the Andes Sprout Society Residency.

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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Homing Beacon for the Last Bee
Homing Beacon for the Last Bee

Homing Beacon for the Last Bee Site-Specific Installation Moss, Holi Powder, Rye Roots, Eggshell, Pin, Bee 2013 Andes Sprouts Society Residency Roxbury, New York

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