Bee Memorial

Bees, Clay, Honeycombs, Wooden Base, Glass Dome, Diameter: 12cm, Height: 21cm

The dead European Honeybees (Apis mellifera), as well as the Flower chafer (Protaetia speciosissima) for the piece, were collected in summertime next to an agricultural field where pesticide spraying occurred some days before. Pesticide spraying, industrial agriculture, and air pollution have reduced the number of insects, which play a crucial role in various ecosystems, massively. Pesticides like Glyphosate and Neonicotinoids are still used on a large scale, killing off millions of Honeybees as well as numerous other insects, harming microorganisms and the soil. This piece wants to make this violence visible. We build memorials for various human beings who had an important impact, this memorial tries to show the gratitude and respect towards the insects who play such an important role for life.