ELBBIENEN – Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive, Sculpture in Public Space

name: Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive for ElbBienen Project; Sculpture, Art in Public Space, the Hamburg Machine, Hamburg; year start: 2018; year end: 2019; size: 130 x 130 x 150; materials: wood, metal, wax, bee colony, sensors & electronics, processing & streaming

Honey bees use caves, rock cavities and hollow trees as natural nesting sites. The nest is composed of multiple honeycombs, parallel to each other, with a relatively uniform bee space. It usually has a single entrance. Western honey bees prefer … nest cavities approximately 45 litres in volume and avoid those smaller than 10 or larger than 100 litres. Western honey bees show several nest-site preferences: the height above ground is usually between 1 metre and 5 metres, entrance positions tend to face downward (rain protection), South to South/East-facing entrances are favored, and nest sites over 300 metres from the parent colony are preferred. A hive body full of bees, brood, and honey should weigh about 40kg. Bees usually occupy nests for several years. (edit from diff. sources)

Development of the Elbbienen Guerrilla Beehive
https://urbanbeelab.okno.be/doku.php?id=hamburgmachine
Implementation in situ, Enternwerder Hamburg
https://urbanbeelab.okno.be/doku.php?id=elbbienen
Some context: https://annemariemaes.net/presentations/bee-laboratory-presentations-2/2019-elbbienen-in-hamburg-machine-art-in-public-space/