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Laila Deangelo | 2012/01/29
I cannot thank you enough for the blog. Really Wonderful.
Glen Ness | 2008/07/19
Cool. Where do I get plans for the pink condo. I want to build one and specifically what is put inside to accomodate the wasps/bees etc.
Sarah Peebles | 2012 /10/27
Please see the page Building Houses for Native Bees, where we’ve posted quite a few examples, including Prof. Hallett’s.
Helen | 2009/04/27
What a great site with terrific info. As a gardener, and because of the “bee” in my name, I feel a particular affinity to bees. I’d like to do a post on our Toronto Gardens blog, and link to your site. Are there any talks coming up for 2009 that I could mention?
Sarah Peebles | 2009/06/03
“Resonating Bodies” is not presenting any talks for 2009. I’m now working on amplification (acoustic and electronic) of solitary nesting bees/wasps for RB part II, next year. Thanks for posting on T Gardens blog!
Barbara Hyde Talbot | 2009/02/24
To all concerned with this project but especially Rob Cruickshank, my cousin!
Fascinating site! Wish I could have seen it all in person.
There was a wonderful “bee sculptor” exhibit in NY years ago, where the artist used wire armatures and bee food in glass boxes on the inside of a loft space/gallery with tubes going to the outside! The bees “sculpted” wonderful faces on the armatures, a living, breathing, kind of creepy site… naturally, city eventually shut them down because they considered the bees “dangerous animals”!!!
sarah peebles | 2010/04/27
Thanks, Barbara! The artist you mention was likely the remarkable Aganetha Dyck, of Winnepeg, who worked extensively with honey bees until recently.
Christina Sharma | July 14, 2010
I just learned of your site via Dr. Packer.
Why is it important to include a microphone and vibration sensor in your pollination habitat/deluxe log?
I am involved in public education about migratory songbird and pollinator conservation. I have added a native woodland garden to mly property as well as logs, brush pile and downspout pond. I suspect that the bees overwinter in these places as well as in the stems of the shrubs. I have a green roof which looks wonderful now in bloom and abuzz with pollinators. I hope to have a photographer take pictures soon to raise awareness.
Please visit my website at http://www.projectchirp.com. I am looking to add photos to the green roof section later this month.
I would be happy to add a pollination station/deluxe log/plank to my property so that during my spring and fall educational garden tours, others may learn how to help these insects. Would that be possible?
All the best, Christina
Sarah Peebles | September 2, 2010
The vibrational sensor (transducer) acts as a microphone to connect the viewer with minute sounds of bees doing their thing: bringing pollen into their nest cavities and transferring it into a pollen ball, manipulating masicated leaves, mud or resin to seal nest cells, etc. – sounds too small to hear via a normal microphone but which transmit through wood nicely. In the case of solitary wasps, it’s packing in spiders and other species-specific prey as provisions on which they lay their egg, and, pack mud, grass, etc. to seal the cell.
Sight and sound work together to extend our perception in a very specific way – one is quickly and effectively drawn into the insect’s world, mesmerized and soon begins to identify with the insect. Sort of like the movie Microcosmos, but in person, real-time and directly physical. Hearing while seeing also enhances one’s ability to perceive what one is seeing – these experieces become very informative as well as a wondrous and beautiful.
We can make various sizes of audio bee booths or similar in a ‘deluxe log’ form for various types of venues as commissioned projects. I’d be happy to provide budget estimates and detailed information (sarah peebles at g mail dot com).
Alexander Moyle Eco-Sculptor Extraordinaire | August 27, 2010
I am completely on board. I like you work very much. I would like to send you one of my images called Auto Pollinator. This year I seeded my front with clover for the bees. There was a pretty good turn out. I have been focusing much of my attention on plants. Perhaps the bees and the plants could collaborate in a future exhibit. Please notify me of your next exhibit.
Sarah Peebles | 2012 /10/27
Alex and I got together a few times and contemplated new bee condo designs. He posted his truly ‘solitary’ bee condo at RB’s Solitary Dream Homes (for Toronto Bees)’s Flickr Photostream within the set, small easy creations. Thanks, Alex!
bees4communities | September 15, 2010
Wow. This is incredible. I am founder of A.B.C- Apiaries and Bees for Communities in Calgary. I have been developing educational tools to teach people about honeybees and native bees. This interactive art project is fantastic! I would love to replicate something like this here in Calgary!
Fantastic. How long are you going to show this? Are they permanent installations?
Sarah Peebles | 2012 /10/27
Penn Kemp | 2008/07/17
(re:Bee Trading Cards)
and to add to the Buzz, this poem:
Wasps and bumblebees scheming for nectar
dip and swim through the haze, yellow and
black, carrying home their burden of pollen.
Seasons have their hues: ours is sun-steeped
translucence lit from within till it brims over.
Females dun beside their bolder mates, gold-
finch cross the sky in graceful loops of liquid
flight and song, sway on green fronds that bow
under light weight to the doctrine of signatures.
River carp leap and fall, rippling circles the stream.
Like calls to like through bright air before sunset.
Celebrating Ceres, celebrating Demeter, goldenrod
scimitars flash solid arabesques of late summer, late
afternoon, late in our lives for such luminous entrance.