open studio: pollination USA / by kelly heaton

Pollination (USA), 2015. 1st in a series by artist and beekeeper Kelly Heaton. April 20, 2015
This video documents a wax-coated frame in the shape of a US map (lower 48) as it evolves within a beehive. I shake the frame to disturb the bees and observe how they move in response. No bees were harmed in the making of this video. To the contrary, I do everything I can to keep my bees alive and healthy.  My package bees were installed a week ago and have since drawn some comb on the frame which is filled with nectar.  These areas are darker in color and the nectar is reflecting the sunlight.