An artist cutting trees in the Botanic Gardens..

The new Melliferopolis season 2014 concentrates the activities in the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden in the heart of Helsinki. If you find an artist cutting off the Garden fruit trees, don’t get angry – a timing for Australian artist Nigel Helyer´s Melliferopolis residency could not be better: during the summer the Botanic Garden will be renovated and for this reason some of the old trees must be cut. Nigel needs wood and twigs for his sculptural Wicker Man installation and has given a permission to harvest these materials directly from the Garden.

Nigel Helyer working in the Kaisaniemi Botanic Gardens. Photo: Hanna Vainio
Nigel Helyer working in the Kaisaniemi Botanic Gardens. Photo: Hanna Vainio


Also the participants of Bees for Architecture and Architecture for Bees Workshop , on 9-11th June, will have a chance to co-create a sculpture, made out of the material, originated from the Botanical trees.

The second focus of the workshop is to create small sculptural objects out of felt:

The Bees for Architecture concept asks participants to choose a species that they would most like to save from planetary extinction, and then imagine the manner, and the vehicle (a contemporary Noahs Ark if you wish*) by which to save the nominated critters.

The workshop is focused upon the Honey Bee and calls for a sketch, or a prototype model of the craft suitable for Bee survival. What kind of structure, vehicle or vessel would work best for the Bee?

Please find here the May-June Melliferopolis program of activities!


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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 in an urban context and explores the many differing relations between humans and these semi-wild insects.

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