Bee or Not to Bee
The honey bee is big. Comparing yourself to this sculpture yes, but so is the contribution a bee has to the world's food supply. Don't be intimidated. Get close. Draw your hands over its body. It has long hair, curved limbs, penetrating eyes. You're not at all vulnerable, but the bee is.
We love creating a sense of whimsy with our installations, mostly through the materials we select. This year, we are choosing some new materials that will tantalize a participant.
Our first new material is nylon industrial broom bristle. Appearing as the long delicate hair of a bee, they will be delightful to run hands through, yet durable to bounce spring back into form. This 8 foot tall Bee will be hand carved from styrofoam covered in yellow and black concrete.
Multi-layered, deep gloss painted black eyes will be a drawing feature, while the legs and feelers will be made with steel covered with foam and hair. The wings will be fine mesh aluminum.
The flower base is made of thousands of of glass marbles, delightful to touch, a memory from childhood and durable. This glass marbles will also be the source that at night, where the bee is lit.
Our art installations are a visual trick that become a tactile experience. Touch is a sense often overlooked in our world of visual and audible stimulation. We have learned from past experiences with penny bears and penny birds that visitors stay longer with the art as they can touch and explore it. This year's use of broom bristles and marbles should deliver a unique tactile experience that we hope surprises participants once again. Some may realize that the bee hair is broom bristle and find that amusing but most participants will enjoy seeing and feeling cat's eye marbles as the flower.