Honey Bee Art

Dewar's Honeycomb Bottle

Dewar’s Honeycomb Bottle

The moveable frame honey bee hive uses frames with hexagonal cell templates to encourage the bees to tightly pack their cells tightly together. The hexagonal template serves as a cue to build a cell. Artists are using this bee behavior to create “bee art” objects.

One of the most publicized was a 3D Bee “Sculpture” of a Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey bottle. As part of a marketing campaign for their Highlander Honey Scotch Whiskey, Dewar’s advertising agency sponsored the creation of a template in the shape of a whiskey bottle and used the services of beekeeper, Robin Theron to create a sculpture. The honeycomb template was formed to the shape of a whisky bottle, then enclosed in with a clear outer casing to create “bee space” next to the template. Approximately 80,000 bees finished the sculpture using wax from their wax scales.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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1 Response to Honey Bee Art

  1. anastaciast says:

    This is just plain fun!!!

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