Artist Transforms Old, Broken Objects by Placing Them Inside Beehives!!!

Daily Mail   By Carly Stern    December 23, 2016

Buzzworthy creations! Artist transforms old, broken objects by placing them inside BEEHIVES - where bees then cover them in honeycomb 

  • Aganetha Dyck, a sculpture artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, uses beehives in her work
  • She collects broken objects from secondhand stores and places them inside beehives before letting the bees get to work
  • The bees repair the cracks and holes with beeswax in intricate honeycomb structures 

Experimental artists can work with some strange mediums, but one Canadian woman's earning some buzz thanks to her particularly creative work.

Aganetha Dyck, a sculpture artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, uses beehives in her work, transforming old, broken objects she finds at secondhand markets with the waxy honeycombs.

In fact, the bees themselves are her collaborators, as she sets the scene before letting them get to work on 'mending' the broken objects with more beeswax.

Genius! Aganetha Dyck creates artork using bees and beehives.
Expert: The Manitoba-based sculpture artist has 20 years of experience.


 Objects: She finds old, broken items like sports equipment at secondhand stores. 

 Methods: She then places them inside beehives and uses
special materials to attract the bees to certain places.

Aganetha has worked with beekeepers, scientists, and bees themselves for over 20 years and has a real understanding of the insect.

For her art, she scopes out secondhand markets for old, broken pieces. She then places them inside already-constructed beehives, adding special materials to attract the pieces to certain holes and crevices.

With patience, she allows them to get to work, filling in the cracks with more honeycomb figures.

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Teamwork: She works patiently with the bees, who create
more beeswax honeycomb. 

The bees cover the objects with honeycomb and fill in 
some of the cracks with crevices.

 Natural: Each of the objects has a sort of reclaimed-by-nature look.

 Unique: She works with pieces of paper as well
and lets the bees get to work.

 Looks cool! She especially likes to use figurines like these.


The process gives the pieces she chooses — old figurines, sporting equipment, vintage accessories — a sort of taken-back-by-nature feel.

'Throughout my life I’ve had an interest in figurines and collectibles. I wondered about dust and dusting of figurines and of the glass cabinets containing these untouchable treasures. These collectibles were beyond my reach as a child and adult alike,' she told The Creators Project.

'While working with honeybees I discovered their methods of construction and their ability to mend the hive's cracks and crevices with honeycomb, wax and propolis,' she went on. 'I thought of the vast number of damaged figurines in antique shops and second-hand stores. I knew honeybees were masters of mending and decided to give a selection of these now unwanted, damaged, figurines to the honeybees.

Not for wearing: Her art has been on diplay at
MOMA in NYC and LACMA in LA.

A second life: She said her work transforms discarded items
back into collectibles.

 Research: She has studied with beekeepers and
scientists to work on her methods.

 Don't get stung: She added that bees have routines 
and shouldn't be disturbed.


Of course, each piece takes time, and she certainly can't rush the bees at their work — but she is OK with that 

'My patience is due to the honeybees themselves. They have routines; they must not be disturbed any more than necessary and only for a few minutes at a time,' she said.

Her work has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Center George Pompidou in Paris, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Bees Were the Original 3-D Printers

re/   By Nellie Bowles    January 24, 2015


Autodesk, which makes 3-D modeling software and has been hosting residencies for more than 100 artists over the last three years, opened its first ever art show last night.

Set on the waterfront Embarcadero neighborhood in San Francisco, the Autodesk office at Pier 9 (their main one is downtown) is largely a workshop, packed with enormous 3-D printers and water jet slicers, and the coveted residency program (which lets artists loose with the machines) has been largely a quiet phenomenon.

So last night, around 60 artists stood proudly next to their pieces for the residency program’s first show, which sold out its two-day run in minutes, much to the surprise of organizer Noah Weinstein, who said he had no idea so many people wanted to see this work, and that he’d be finding a bigger space.

A taco truck had pulled up next to the office, and inside people drank margaritas. The only music came from a radiation wind chime by the artist JoeJoe Martin — made with Geiger-Muller tubes and a Rasberry Pi computer, wind chimes played when the piece encountered Beta and Gamma radiation. The revelry mixed with mysterious large-scale machinery gave the space a Santa’s workshop energy.

Jennifer Robin Berry, 38, Sausalito, biologist

Piece: “The Virgin Queen and the Almond” made of beeswax, honey, stainless steel, laser-cut acrylic, electronics, CAM software.

“When I came here, I didn’t know how to use the 3D printer, but I knew about bees, and I thought — Bees are 3-D printers. Bees were the original 3-D printers.

“So I spent most of my semester experimenting with the bees and trying to get them to participate and collaborate. I created light boxes, cut the comb, stacked it, and they attached it in places, cut it in others, built passages and reinforced the structure.”


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