Process Shots

Glass Iceberg Placed in Hive
Glass Iceberg Placed in Hive

2011

"Cheating"
"Cheating"

We placed comb with brood in it in the iceberg to attempt to interest the bees. They did do a little work to firmly attach the comb, but once the brood emerged they abandoned the iceberg. 2011

At The Urban Art Space
At The Urban Art Space

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Beginning a Sculpture
Beginning a Sculpture

The core of the sculpture given to the bees is a sheet of wax foundation -- a flat sheet of wax embossed with a honeycomb pattern. Beekeepers use these in frames to direct the hive to build comb within the frame, so it can be removed from the hive. The bees will pull the foundation into comb in a week to three weeks, depending on the nectar flow and other activities in the hive. 2011

Copper Plated Bees
Copper Plated Bees

2011 Electroplated bees, in process

Fresh from the hive
Fresh from the hive

A sculpture pulled fresh from the hive, still dripping with nectar. It was actually built in the other direction by the bees -- hanging from the stick. 2011

"Bee Balls" when first placed
"Bee Balls" when first placed

2011

Experiments in progress
Experiments in progress

2011

"Bee Balls" from the back
"Bee Balls" from the back

The darker comb is the oldest. 2011