Queen bees from Cornwall give Pierre Huyghes Malta sculpture a buzz

Pierre Huyghe, Exomind (Deep Water), 2019 Gareth Harris

Visitors to Valletta, Malta, can ponder on a buzzy new installation created by the French artist Pierre Huyghe whose Exomind (Deep Water) piece is the latest work unveiled on the Mediterranean island as part of the Micas programme (Malta International Contemporary Art Space). Huyghes striking sculpture, located in Buskett Gardens, comprises a crouching female figure fitted with a living beehive populated by a colony of busy Buckfast bees. The honeycombed head subsequently keeps changing and growing as the bees pollinate surrounding flowers, modifying Huyghes sculptural form. Setting up the work proved challenging, with the queen bees transported from Cornwall, explains beekeeper Ray Sciberras. “They were brought on Air Malta late August,” he says. “We started with Maltese bees, and their UK counterparts have now taken over.” The bee colonies were established initially in the north of the country and tRead More – Source