As everybody should know by now, bees have been in a spot of bother lately. They’re really not having the best time of things, either because of global warming (probably) or because we’ve stopped loving them like we used to (less likely). Sadly if they die out, so will an enormous amount of the native flora that decorates the landscapes we inhabit – not to mention we’d have no honey, effectively rendering crumpets obsolete.
Enter the Bee Collective, a cohort of beekeeping enthusiasts led by experienced honey-monger Pierre Van de Wal. Their aim is to bring bees back into urban environments by creating a manmade habitat for them to inhabit, located high above the city streets and in public parks. Their creation Sky Hive consists of a six metre pole at the centre of a platform of hives that can be winched up and down as desired – keeping the bees out of harm’s way (or us out of their way depending on your viewpoint) but allowing them to be tended to when necessary.
The Bee Collective then takes joint responsibility for their hives, allowing the fairly laborious day-to-day tasks of beekeeping to be shared amongst its members, allowing them to fit the bees into their buzzy (YES!) schedules.
- The sun's shining, the weather is sweet: here's the Best of the Web
- Great new film series profiling the individuals challenging the macho stereotypes of rugby
- Tom Cockram's photographs of Brazil’s street culture in the lead up to last year’s World Cup
- Clever, well-observed editorial illustrations from Toronto-based Peter Thomas Ryan
- Creative producer Luella Lane tells us about her amazing 80s sticker collection
- Utopia-focussed design work from studio Public School
- New Channel 4 identity by creative dream team of 4Creative, Jonathan Glazer, Neville Brody and DBLG
- Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut shares his wisdom on what makes a truly great logo design
- A new stop-motion Honda advert took four months, dozens of illustrators and thousands of drawings
- Phwoar! Typophiles, swoon over this cornucopia of contemporary typography
- “What’s your style? I don’t fucking know. You tell me mate”: A no nonsense look at the work of Barber Osgerby
- Photographing the choreography and chaos of the England cheerleading team