COLONY COLLAPSE

This site-specific installation of over 2,700 recycled brown paper bags lined from floor to ceiling results in a man-made honeycomb. Parente’s creation is an intricate display of organic volume, combined with sound and projection of a bee colony inside the tiny 8x10 ft space of Micro Scope 1824, an experimental art space at Spring Street Studios.

The Buzz: With this installation Parente aims to make the viewer more aware of the worldwide decline of bee colonies and open a dialogue about the importance of a pesticide-free food chain. According to Parente, “bees play a vital role in a wide variety of ecosystems as pollinators and the bee population is an important part of our evolutionary chain… I hope everyone who experiences this exhibition will walk away with an awareness and be inspired to do their part in making sure of the bee’s survival”. Bees provide massive economic benefits to human society, both through the production of honey and, even more importantly, the pollination of a large variety of fruit, vegetable, nut and flower crops. We all must do our part to save the bees!