Site Unseen: The Hive

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building that you might have passed without noticing, in the past, they have ranged from a modernist car park; a penguin pool; to a Hanoverian gatehouse.

A thousand LED lights and 17,000 aluminium rods creates a unique sensory experience, accompanied by the sound of buzzing and controlled vibrations from an adjacent beehive hits you are you walk inside.

[T]his month’s unseen site is not visible from the road, in fact, you’ll have to park up and pay to enter Kew Gardens to experience this curiosity.

Walking across the glass floor and looking up [see featured image] you question is this art or natural science. When I visited it last year, judging from the children’s delight exploring this labyrinth of poles is was just fun.


For adults, it is all very disorientating looking up through the maze of rods, accompanied by flashing lights and a constant hum.

Surrounded by a wildflower meadow the artwork is worth the cost of admission to the gardens alone.

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