The roofs of hotels and city buildings are hosting
organic gardens and beehives. The UN has
designated May 20 as World Bee Day and even
artists and designers have come to the defense
of insecto sapiens. Natural heritage of the planet,
in addition to producing precious gifts, bees are
an organizational model to be studied and protected because their decline affects all of humanity.
After creating a 3D model of the bust, the Rotterdam-based Slovenian artist , Tomáš Libertíny, made the "scaffolding" available, letting as many as 60,000 bees build their honeycombs on it. A masterpiece was born, an example of collaboration between man and nature.
Two Academy Awards for the first feature film by documentary makers Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. Conceived as a work of environmental interest on a remote Macedonian village, the film talks about the delicate balance between man and nature and the consequences triggered, with a domino effect, by human greed and the exploitation of natural resources. In the photo Lì Hatidze, beekeeper, protagonist of the film.
BEES ON THE ROOFS
The new frontier of urban beekeeping is conquering starred hotels around the world. So, on the roofs of the Waldorf Astoria in NY and the Mandarin in Paris, gardens and beehives are the masters. A sign of a change of perspective and a wider opening towards sustainability. An example to follow.
The designers of the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta were inspired by the spontaneous geometry of honeycombs to design the new beehives that stand out in Mathallen, on the roof of the Dansens Hus in Oslo's gastronomic district. A solution conceived and created thanks to various partnerships to bring bees to the city and raise public awareness of the global problem of the decrease in hives and bees.
It took two years of work and the collaboration of 60,000 bees to create Eternity (a.k.a. Nefertity), a spectacular wax work that represents a 3D bust of Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen who lived in 1345 BC. With this work, Tomáš Libertíny, a Rotterdam-based Slovenian artist, wanted to make the bond with Mother Nature more tangible and transcendent.
A project designed for solitary bees that usually seek shelter in holes, trunks or cracks in the walls. Favoured by leaf-cutting, carpenter and bricklayer bees, these artificial shelters are composed of wooden modules suitable for nesting. The project carries the signature of Gabriel Carvallo of the MaliArts studio.
Already featuring in the family crest, on the façade and inside the church of Santa Rosalia, a private family chapel, the bees of Palazzo Barberini in Rome are now active in the garden bearing the same name. Since last June, 150,000 specimens have in fact been working thanks to the Regina Apium project promoted by the Federation of Italian beekeepers (FAI). The cultural heritage also extends to that of the ecosystem. The hives will be looked after by the monks of the Abbey of San Paolo fuori le Mura.
100% beeswax is slow-burning and non-polluting. Since 2017 Alysia Mazzella has been studying and producing pollen-colored candles with a vibrant floral scent. Hypoallergenic and effective in purifying the air at molecular level, beeswax candles emit negative ions that neutralize positive ions (allergens present in the air such as dust, hair, pollen, smoke).
It is an urban hive designed by Francesco Faccin to be enjoyed even by children. It was presented during the 2015 edition of the Salone del Mobile and is set in the garden of the Milan Triennale. A micro-architecture example that is still talked about.
Written in 2010 by Philip Et Al Mccabe , this guide is a true bible for the beekeeper. Partly a history book, partly a manual and partly a recipe book, the Beekeeper's bible is fullyì illustrated with photographs and engravings. To be read from start to finish. Published by Collins (UK).
Extracted from a quarry 3000 meters above sea level, Centauri Cave Antique is a 25-year-old single flower honey coming from a colony of bees that has no longer been active since 1994. Very dark in color, it tastes like rocks. Still extremely rich in phenols, antioxidants, flavonoids, it is a true elixir of life complete with medical certificates. But be careful: 800 g are worth 175,000 euros!
Small tricks to protect them
PLANT NATIVE PLANTS THAT BLOOM AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR
PURCHASE RAW HONEY FROM LOCAL ECO-SUSTAINABLE FARMERS
AVOID PESTICIDES, FUNGICIDES OR HERBICIDES IN GARDENS
PROTECT WILD BEE COLONIES WHENEVER POSSIBLE
SPONSOR A HIVE
LEAVE A BOWL OF WATER OUTSIDE BEES PREFER STAGNANT WATER
HELP SUPPORT FOREST ECOSYSTEMS
RAISE AWARENESS AROUND YOU BY SHARING THIS INFORMATION WITHIN COMMUNITIES AND NETWORKS: THE DECLINE OF BEES AFFECTS US ALL!
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Design: Ludovica + Roberto Palomba
Illustration: Chiara Ghigliazza