Beetopia is a giant glowing bee hotel with oversized, colourful native bees crawling all over it. Inspired by the fast-growing trend of bee hotel...

Beetopia

Location:

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (enter via Queen Elizabeth II Gates)
Australia

Image. Large bees hovering near  a wooden hut buzz and vibrate when touched. The tactile front of the hut is covered with a conglomeration of small round openings, ready for the bees to crawl inside. The bees come in a range of shapes and sizes, some plump, others sleek, some have striped bodies.Beetopia - Vivid Light 2019

Event Details

Artist:
Pink Cactus PTY LTD: George Buchanan (Australia)

Beetopia is a giant glowing bee hotel with oversized, colourful native bees crawling all over it. Inspired by the fast-growing trend of bee hotel making, this installation is designed to be touch sensitive. Run your hands across the textured façade and, when you pat a bee, it will respond with a gentle buzz. The installation uses capacitive sensors on the bees that trigger a vibration similar to that of a mobile phone. 

Bee hotels are becoming a popular hobby within the nature-loving community as they encourage beautiful native bees to colonise and breed around our homes. Beetopia increases awareness of the need to help our native insect species to thrive in urban areas and starts a dialogue on how we can improve the health of our natural environment as our cities quickly expand.

Beetopia is specifically designed to be inclusive and accessible for people of all abilities. The artists Pink Cactus also hope that the visually impaired can enjoy this installation just as much as the fully sighted.

 

 

Country represented by installation: Australia

Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Sponsors

Pink Cactus