The Urban Apiary, 2018
Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail @ Lucille Avenue Bridge
In collaboration with ceramic and textile artist, Zipporah Camille Thompson, the Urban Apiary was created to bring awareness to the decline of wild pollinators, specifically the honey bee. Our rendering of a honey bee swarm hopes to illuminate passersby to the critical importance of pollinators and offer suggestions on how they can help reverse the decline.
I constructed the tree from rebar, pressure treated wood, sticks (treated with water-proofing agents), wire, waterproof wood glue, bark and jute. I made the water-proofed bees from porcelain clay, epoxy and printable canvas. Zipporah made the beautiful honeycombs (which were also water-proofed). The tree is approximately ten feet tall and eight feet at its widest. The trunk is approximately two feet in diameter. The Urban Apiary is currently on view on the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail.