Bee Keeping Artist Creates A Beeswax World Map

If there’s one person who knows how to mind his own beeswax, it’s Chinese artist Ren Ri. The beekeeper/artist “manipulates the movement of bees and the formation of honeycombs to create metaphysical and hybrid sculptures, which investigate the force of nature and consequences of human intervention (Press Release).” In his latest body of work, Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry, Ri sculpts honeycombs into the shapes of the continents, using wire and a wooden frame. He created a world map as well as some individual countries. He has been working with bees as a beekeeper since 2006 and began using beeswax as an art medium in more recent years.

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

When we think of honey, we don’t think of scaling a cliff with giant bees to get it. These images tell the photographic story, shot by Eric Valli, of the Himalayan Gurung men of Nepal harvesting honey.  The images, shot in 1987, are so modern for being an almost 25 year old shoot and while the unbelievable nature of the photos make it hard to believe that they are not staged, they simultaneously have an intimate feeling that is so natural and real. Valli captures the essence of these astounding men on their incredible journey to do something that seems so simple, but is not in the least.

Collectables Remixed With Real Honeycombs

Not only are bees a vital part of the human existence, providing pollination for our crops and the holy goodness that is honey, but they happen to create combs of high esthetic value to art collectors as well! Have you been thinking about starting your own beehive or have one already? How about throwing a collectible inside the hive; i.e. a figurine, vintage sports equipment, tablecloths — just to see how the honeybees react to the objects. It’s a strange idea, but that’s exactly what this very different artist is doing.