THINGS are really buzzing at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
New installations at the popular park are proving a big attraction and have been acclaimed as a world first.
The park at Bretton has been a “hive” of activity after internationally recognised artist and poet Alec Finlay installed his latest work, The Bee Library – creating bee nests out of books.
Twenty-four of Finlay’s creations have been installed around the park’s historic woodland to create nests for solitary or wild bees from a collection of bee-related books.
The sculptural installations now hang from trees on a visitor walking route around the Upper Lake.
And there was quite a buzz around the park this week, after the artist flew in to team up with families to help create bee nests for their own gardens using a combination of bamboo, books and chicken wire – and some artistic flair.
Helen Pheby, curator at the sculpture park, said: “The Bee Library is a really unique and exciting project.
“Like many of Alec’s projects it is inspired by nature and landscape.
“We were really pleased to involve families in the bee nest-making activities. The results have been really impressive – we might have some future artists in the making.”
The Bee Library will be on display throughout the summer.
The Bee Library project started back on March 1 for World Book Day and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a key part of an international project to amass 120 books in five locations, evolving into a global bee library.
From July, Alec will present The Bee Library on Cockatoo Island, part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, an international festival of contemporary art.
The project is the latest at the sculpture park that considers the habitat of bees – in 2010 artist Rebecca Chesney took part in a residency at YSP to study the park’s bee population. As a result of Chesney’s project, bee hives remain on site and a small crop of honey is available to buy from the park’s shop.