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Beeswax maps of the world | Ren Ri

We appreciate the work of bees here at Feel Desain, and recently we’ve featured a novel way to extract honey from the hive, some beautiful beeswax candles, and a while back we even told you about a stylish beehive rental company in London.

 

Now, we have some artwork to show you… made by bees. Currently showing (until April 12) at the Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, are these incredible beeswax sculptures by Chinese artist Ren Ri (and some honeybees). The artist has been beekeeping for almost a decade, and has created various works of art from beeswax which has been exhibited all over the globe.

 

This body of work, Yuansu II, features maps of various countries, displayed in glass boxes, made of beeswax. In the past, the artist has also created more abstract artworks for his series Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry. In order to create his sculptures, Ren Ri manipulates the bees’ movements and the formation of the honeycombs, demonstrating the effect of human intervention on natural phenomena. In order to make the sculptures as he intends, Ren places a queen bee, and waits for workers to build around her. He then adjusts the position of the box in order to influence the shapes made by the bees, and the results are astounding!

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