Adopt a Bee, Honey!
Crowdfunding project ‘Adopt a bee, honey!’ wants to bring the bee back to Maastricht. After the great success of the Sky Hive prototype in the Sphinxpark, Bee Collective and Bureau Europawish to place a new model, the Sky Hive Solar, in the new Frontenpark in March 2014. We would like to continue to promote bees and beekeepers by making them visible in urban spaces.
Any idea how important bees are? Bees pollinate 1/3 of our fruit and vegetables. One bee hive produces 40 kilos of honey per year. Bees bring nature back to the city.
SKY HIVE SOLAR
The Sky Hive makes it possible to keep bees in public spaces without risking by-passers to be stung and keeping the bees safe from vandalism.
A prototype of the Sky Hive stood in the Sphinxpark, just across the main road, from May 2011 until September 2013.The bees were moved temporarily to another space outside of Maastricht. The plan is to introduce them back here in spring 2014 to attend them publicly on the new Sky Hive Solar. With the Sky Hive Solar one can lower the bees by pressing a button in order to attend them. Solar panels mounted on the roof of the bee hives will generate the necessary power for the electric motor to do so. The hoisting system is certified for use in public space.
The Bee Collective is a cooperation of beekeepers and designers searching for new ways to stimulate and enable beekeeping in a contemporary living environment. The collective works for a broader understanding of the function and functioning of bees, brings together next generation beekeepers in a network and invites people to become a beekeeper.