A story of 120 million years of adaptation and survival, Bees is the epic tale of these incredible creatures and their relationship to us and the natural world. Perfectly adapted to pollinate and incredibly diverse with over 20,000 species, bees are vital to our way of life and essential to the planet’s survival. Journey with us into their world, from the tiny and fascinating anatomy of a single bee to the magic and wonder of bee colonies, the role bees play in our lives and the threats they face.
Bees: a story of survival is a new exhibition from National Museums Liverpool (NML), developed through a unique partnership with the award-winning artist and sculptor Wolfgang Buttress. Years in the making, inspired by the extensive entomology collections, scientific knowledge and creative expertise at National Museums Liverpool and led by Wolfgang’s artistic vision, Bees is a beautiful harmony of art and science which will connect audiences in an awe-inspiring way.Visually stunning and immersive, Bees will be an experiential wonderland revealing new insights into their world, and an opportunity to see and experience bees as never before.
Bees features cutting edge technology, with sound and light environments that will not only provide a real time connection to bees within their environment, but also an ever changing picture of their activity.The structure of the exhibition itself is informed by bees, using algorithms to replicate the amazing structures bees create within their hives.Bees are facing extinction, could their decline be a reflection of the impending destruction of our natural world? This will be an emotional and thought-provoking experience which will ultimately remind us that the time for action is now.