Following its run as the centrepiece of the gold medal winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, critically acclaimed installation The Hive will take up its new home within Kew Gardens from June 2016.
Designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress, the 17-metre high, 50-tonne lattice structure is an immersive, multisensory experience inspired by groundbreaking UK scientific research into the health of bees.
Visitors will be drawn into the aluminium installation via a wildflower meadow, as if they are worker bees returning to the hive and hundreds of glowing LED lights will bring the structure to life as a symphony of orchestral sounds, buzzes and pulses fills the air.
Triggered by vibration sensors within a real beehive, the sound and light intensity within the pavilion increases as the energy levels in the living hive surge, giving visitors an insight into the ever moving life of a bee colony.
The Hive is due to remain in place at Kew at least until 2017. Special rates of entry and guided tours are available for groups.
For further information telephone 020 8332 5648 or visit Kew Gardens website.