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Posted: 26 August 2016 by Anne Ashford

Bee hives as art

No, this isn’t about Wolfgang Buttress’s incredible structure at Kew Gardens highlighting the importance of the honeybee!

It’s a photo of an installation taken near Edinburgh which underlines the increasing visibility of the concept of bees – whether on homewares, in the media or in the heady realms of art.

In sculpture park Jupiter Artland there is an installation by Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) of six traditional WBC beehives bearing the inscription 'BEES; they lightly skim; and gently sip; the dimply river's brim; BOATS'.

When I visited they were bee-less but the hives are ready for inhabitation and the intention is that they will be managed in the future.