Green-Wood Cemetery began beekeeping in April 2015 with 120,000 bees from an apiary in Pennsylvania. Photo via southslopenews.com
Urbanites are on a mission to have local, organically grown food, which in turn has led us to a growing interest in Urban Farming and the greening of our rooftops. With this, a growing interest in beekeeping and organically grown honey. In a hard-fought battle to legalize urban hives, the Board of Health voted to lift the ban in 2010, and today we have beehives in backyards and rooftops, some in amazing and surprising locations. For National Honey Bee Day on August 15th (also listed as August 22nd), we thought we’re bringing you 10 of our favorite hives and festivals in NYC.
Currently on view in the Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at MoMA
For this current installation at the MoMA, Pierre Huyghe Studios partnered with beekeeper Andrew Cote’ in 2011 to discuss the concept, which turned into a reality. Pierre Huyghe’s “Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)” Reclining female nude incorporates a living bee colony that stands in for the head of a bronze sculpture by the Swiss artist Max Weber.
Beekeeper Andrew Cote’ inspecting installation at MoMA. Photo via MoMA
The photo above is bee keeper Andrew Cote’ doing one of the fourteen inspections that he does per week at this MoMA installation. When asked how the MoMA bees are doing, he said they like music played in the Garden on Sunday evenings. If you haven’t seen this installation yet, your days are numbered. It will be up through August 15. Pierre Huyghe also has an installation currently on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.