Kew Gardens, about half an hour from the center of London is a true gem of gardening, since from its modest origins in 1759 to the present have reached an important development of up to 134 hectares and also an important recognition since it is a place declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The Beehive at Kew Gardens
In them, not only do their beautiful green areas continuously cared for by about 80 gardeners attract attention, but there are also interesting artistic samples from various eras and styles. Some historical ones like the Palm House which is a Victorian-style greenhouse or the Great Pagoda which is a high viewpoint built in the 16th century XVIII and whose architecture is reminiscent of oriental forms.
But there are also other much more modern constructions, such as the high walkway that flies over part of the park and was designed by the same creators of the London Eye Ferris wheel on the banks of the River Thames. And of course we must also mention the work that concerns us here, La Colmena or The Hive. A work halfway between architecture and sculpture created by the English artist Wolfgang Buttress (1965 –). A work that was originally conceived for the England Pavilion 2015, but which from the following year was installed inside theKew Gardens London.
It is a structure about 17 meters high and is basically made up of wire strands and a thousand LED lights, which in total weighs approximately 40 tons. All this evokes the shape of a natural beehive. But not only that, but the creation is linked to real beehives in the park, so that its lighting is activated by the insects themselves with their movements and energy.
Interior of La Colmena or The Hive
That is, it is not only a work to be admired and contemplated, the purpose is to be felt. And you can even access its interior, which helps even more to appreciate its forms, discover the importance of pollination and raise awareness of the dangers suffered by bees.