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-      Pentagon Hive      -

2022

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I am interested where science and fantasy come together. I turned a natural proces into a fairytale to let the viewer believe something surreal is true. I have been creating stories and surreal objects to define the magical theories I have. If I try to convince my audience that my scientific fairytales are true, I make them wonder what is true. Doubting what they thought they knew about the world around them. I want them to feel like that, because I try to create a curiosity about the structure of science. Through storytelling I try to make them think of new approaches to science.

In this project I made a beehive with a pentagonial structure, though beehives always have hexagonial structures. I made a silicone mold of a 3D printed pentagon shaped pattern. I melted organic-dynamic beeswax into that mold. It looks, smells, and feels exactly like a beehive, but instead of the real hexagrams you now see pentagons; something impossible in real life. 

Hive with pentagonial shaped combs 70x40 (biodynamic beeswax)

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Pentagonial beehive in the wild.

The Story:

 

Hive building insects have been making hexagons for over 50 million years. This method uses less wax than structures of squares or triangles that they build 100 million years ago. So why did these wild bees decide to build pentagrams?

Since most flowers that represent the number six in their centers are becoming extinct more and more, bees get influenced by the still existing and steadily thriving flowers like those of most fruits which represent the number five in their centers. They adjust their hives to their environment.

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