What's it all about?
Bees pollinate 1/3 of our food supply and they are dying at alarming rates. Haven is a nationwide art installation intended to help reverse this trend. A network of one thousand specially designed beehives will replace diminishing habitat for wild honeybees, and enable the collection of valuable field data for researchers.
How it works
Thanks to a second round of Rocket Grant funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation, administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art, Haven has developed a hive monitor prototype that can wirelessly transmit data from internal hive sensors to Haven’s website. Haven’s sensors began gathering data in a hive at the […]
Swarms, bee trees, and Haven hives are mapped for future reference. As data accumulates we will look for patterns indicating where wild populations are thriving and what the key environmental features of those areas may be.
With the installation of 1,000 hives across the country HAVEN will not only be helping to reverse the trend of habitat loss but will encourage local communities to preserve additional habitat and provide good forage. When complete, Haven will be the first nationwide honeybee sanctuary and an unprecedented research tool.
What Haven is up to...
I gave a short acceptance lecture about Haven at the Charlotte Street Foundation Rocket Grant award ceremony. This grant funding will allow me to develop a prototype hive monitoring device that will stream internal data from Haven hives right to the website. Image courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas.
On your next visit to the KC Zoo, stop by and check out the new Haven hive opposite the Discovery Barn. The bees were all abuzz for a day or two while they were resetting their GPS, but now their attention has turned to nectar hunting and pollinating the zoo’s flowering trees and shrubs.
A long weekend idea if you’re in the Boston area: Haven is at the deCordova! Along with works by Carl Andre, Paul Mccarthy, Sol Lewitt, Jaume Plensa, Jim Dine, Dan Graham, Antony Gormley, NamJune Paik and Ursula VonRydingsvard — pretty sweet company for Haven to be keeping.
Want to fund a hive?
Use the PayPal link below to make a donation toward the growth of the Haven network or head over to the contact page and send an email to discuss commissioning a Haven hive for yourself or public installation.
Haven embraces the Bitcoin community and accepts BTC donations with the link and the QR code below.