Flight of the Honey Bee

Artist: Ross and Elizabeth Fiersten (Manifold)
Location: Ravenswood and Montrose
Materials: Steel
Dimensions: 60"
Installation Date: May 10, 2022

About the Artist

Artist Elizabeth Fiersten.

Ross and Elizabeth Fiersten are co-owners of Manifold, a metal studio in Ravenswood that has been producing and designing furniture, sculpture, and accessories in Chicago for over two decades.

Project Details

Graphic data is often used to represent what happens in the wild and ‘Flight of the Honey Bee’ is a sculptural interpretation of an existing soundwave captured as bees were returning to a hive.  Flapping their wings an average of 230 beats per second causes the air around a bee to vibrate and that vibration travels to our ears as a buzzing sound.  The shapes and colors chosen for this sculpture attempt to capture that physicality while embracing the abundant joy pollination brings.  We have honey bees and other pollinators to thank for the colorful food we eat and the beautiful flowers we see. The seating component of this installation serves to encourage local gardeners to exchange plants within the semi-circular holes that correspond with various standard plant containers.  The hope is that this sculpture stands as a vibrant reminder of what we have and what we can share with others.

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