Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bee Grade

It's A Hive Of Activity

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Looks menacing, doesn't it? A giant golden bee looking down over a Melbourne building could spell trouble for everyone. Is it a spelling bee? No. It's one of a giant swarm ....



On the side of the building, it looks as though they have taken over the entire premises. Should we ring for the emergency services? Each bee is about nine feet long. Officer, this could be an eleborate sting.



Naaaah, relax. A couple of days ago, the giant golden bees were hoisted into place above the main entrance to Eureka Towers - by crane, naturally. They are part of an outstanding art installation commissioned by the building's architect, Nonda Katsalidis.

24 comments:

Merisi said...

A stunning work of art in a public place, great image too! :-)))

Joy said...

Wow It looks good though I admit I might have liked the butterflies more:)

sandyland said...

I love it gold bees honey sparkling in the sun- I have been checking Walks Far Womans web page only to see its been deleted. I feel very sad. Her words were truly so comforting to me..any info??She was the first very positive comments to my blog..her last post was so haunting to me ibeati

Les Becker said...

You MUST take me to see that when I get to Melbourne... eventually. Please tell me that it's to be a permanent fixture.

The Diva's Thoughts said...

Those photos are amazing.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Maybe it's a good thing to immortalize the bees this way, as they seem to be dying out, supposedly from overexposure to pesiticides.

Nice perspective in these photos!

Annie said...

I got a little buzz of happiness seeing these golden bees perched on the side of the building.

Gene Bach said...

Those are some monster sized bees for sure. There's a lot of cool things all over the world...you just have to be able to get there to see them.

Corey~living and loving said...

wow...hope they attached those things on well. eeekkkk....they look heavy.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Buzy Buzy Buzy...
Great Bee's.. I'd love to see thing like this more often.. how much fun is that.. and a great way of getting across to kids theres more to art that oil paint.

Thank you David for you concern and well wishes for my health.. I'm feeling well enough to get back blogging so I'm playing catch up with all my favourite blogs...
I'll buzz of back to 'Wiggers World' now. Manchester England has bees in it's coat of arms by the way.

imac said...

Bee-ware theres something buzzzing in the air.

M@ said...

i've read that there's actually some very interesting architecture down there on your continent. interesting.

Wendy said...

I bet those bees are the buzz of the town.

Epijunky said...

That's fantastic!!!

Even with my (somewhat)irrational fear of bees, I'd LOVE to see it in person.

Great shot :)

Pope Terry said...

Thats very cool.

evlahos said...

very interesting work. thank you for shared

Zoë said...

I think they look fabulous! I have a thing about bees though, and believe that without them in the world, we wouldn't be either!

holly said...

these are possibly the first bees i have actually liked!!!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Scary looking!

Crystal xx

Mushy said...

Such a special photo for me David.

I love the class this sculpture adds to the building and it reminds me to be concerned about our friends the bee. Bees are going through tough times right now and we need to be concerned. Without the bees, we might not be able to eat all the great foods we are used to, or we would have to do the flower pollination ourselves. Think about how labor intensive that would be.

poor man's nicole richie said...

this is nice. i'd love to see them!
thanks for the visit to my site = )

http://www.shashikiran.com said...

They're lovely; folks celebrate hard work there at Eureka, maybe. Some crickets at a place of leisure next?

Janice Thomson said...

Enjoy browsing your wonderful and unique blog David.
Being an artist I felt compelled to comment on these beautiful bee sculptures. It is delightful to see they are getting deserved recognition as they are a necessary part of nature. The placement is superb and the sculptures themselves, magnificent.
Your photography is exceptional and your journalistic skills most entertaining.
You have been bookmarked.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
I actually worked on this project and have a load more pics if you want to have a look. Send my an email at sbrooke@typac.com.au