Prior to the IGA Berlin 2017, artist Michael Sailstorfer installed three concrete beehives at the foot of Kienberg hill. Each hive housed a bee colony and a model for a sculpture. During spring and early summer the bees modified the models with their honeycomb structures. In mid-July, the completed sculptures were harvested by local beekeepers and then cast in bronze and mounted on the concrete bases. The material bronze reflects the colour of the honeycombs, which is in turn contrasted by the concrete grey. Initially plain and uniform hives transform into unique sculptures, presented on their own production sites – the “Factories”.
Known for unusual sculptures and temporary installations in open landscape, Michael Sailstorfer's works create contrasting situations and always surprising impressions. This installation is being realized in cooperation with Imkerverein Wuhletal 1864.