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Mellifera: The Dancing Bee Hives

Exhibition / Installation

Festival Commission

18   —    26 Sep 2021

Industrial & Product Design

Fortnum & Mason

181 Piccadilly

London

W1A 1ER

#Mellifera

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To celebrate the beehives on the rooftop of Fortnum & Mason at Piccadilly and to bring pollinators and nature back to our cities, French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani has created an installation of swirling, 3D printed beehives, dancing through the Fortnum & Mason atrium.

In an aim to highlight the need for rewilding of our urban spaces, the 3D printed modules will make their way up the atrium to an illuminated ceiling made of bioplastics and will showcase advances in material innovation and technology. Made from fermented sugar, the components of the installation are fully compostable and in the spirit of the circular economy will be reusable after the event. Individual components will be on sale following the Festival to raise funds to support the UK’s bee populations, with 25% of all proceeds donated to Bees for Development.

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