Radical Landscape Design: Addressing Scarcity and Abundance in the Public Ecosphere through the Material Culture of Bees

Fort Myers Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries, 10501 FGCU Blvd S. , Fort Myers, FL 33965


ArtLab Gallery

January 18 - February 8, 2018

Opening reception | January 18, 2018 | 5-7pm

When humans originally inspected feral beehives, we were inspired to create our first cities. The honeycomb form stimulated construction design; humans feverishly augmented our buildings with such innovations as insulation, framing, arches, pillars, and pyramids as a result of our relationship with bees. The historical context for apiary science predates written language. Before bees were strategically managed, annual expeditions were held to retrieve honey from feral colonies in not only Europe, but also Asia and Africa. The legacy of these honey expeditions is still evident today as the material culture of bee colonies remains enmeshed in the daily lives of contemporary artists, horticultural projects, and radical landscape design communities. This exhibition explores the interactions between apiary science and contemporary art and design practices with material from the fall Art and Ecology seminar.


Sponsored by U. Tobe


Image provided by Megan C. McShane and Marshall S. Nathanson

Posted by: Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries

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