Collaboration 4 – Glass Bees

Artist – Dr Tyra Oseng Rees

Scientists – Sinead Lynch from Bumblebee Conservation Trust; Prof Mike Christie from Aberystwyth University; Dr Peter Graystock from Department of Entomology University of California and Professor Simon Potts and the team at Reading University

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 12.47.50 Under the discussion group Preservation of Wild Bees one of the topics was the twenty-four remaining of the different species of bumblebees that live in UK (two species have become extinct in the last 20 years, with one of those being re-introduced). During discussions among the scientists, conservationists and artists it became apparent that Oseng-Rees wanted to explore, with a positive approach, the fragility of these creatures and also demonstrate to members of the public of how rapidly a species can become extinct. She is making 24 different bumblebees in recycled glass that will be distinguished by their banding and facial shape, to hang in an installation.