Throughout history, architects and designers have looked to hives for inspiration. Their delicate combs and waxy holes, constructed solely from honey (in a super-concentrated form) not only store their honey but also protect their larvae prior to hatching.
The society of the bee draws many associations toward a monarchical feudal society, in its protection of the queen and their work-driven lives. But most astonishing is the geometric perfection of their multi-purpose shelter. This sharp, precise geometry, however, does not dispel its essentially organic nature and the lives it feeds and contains.
Alveo, a contraction of the Italian alveare, meaning “beehive”, is an homage to this architectural structure, composed of numerous hexagons, creating the nest upon which all bees are reliant. But Alveo also is a recognition of the tight-knit society and the protective nature of bees. Within each hexagon lie honey-drenched larvae stewing in their incubating fluid. These larvae, however, are humans, lying in amniotic fluid–a direct correlation between the social similarities of humans and bees.
Meaning: a contraction from alveare, “honeycomb” in Italian
Digital C-Prints, mounted between Cintra and Plexi-Glass
Made by 75 hexagonal panels, various sizes