Sundance Palimpsest

The installation at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, Helsinki, captures the ever changing movement of the sun across the sky. Every day, the sun rays are focused through a magnifying lens hung above a sheet of bees wax – the material used as foundation in the hive by beekeepers. The hexagonal comb pattern is melted and leaves a trace of the solar trajectory. Both the sun’s altitude changing with the season, and the weather conditions are taken into account – parameters crucial for the orientation of bees on their travels.

The compilation of daily recordings will be arranged into a heliographic pamphlet, at the end of the summer.

The materials used are beeswax, jute, zinc wire and a magnifying glass lens.



Preparation of the installation

In the summer of 2014, in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden of Helsinki, the installation Sundance Palimpsest is on show. Here the preparations….

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Melliferopolis experiments with new ways of understanding bees, beekeeping and the ecology of the hive. The project examines the role of honeybees and other pollinators in an urban context and explores the many differing relations between humans and these insects.

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