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New images released of Bees: A Story of Survival coming to World Museum

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New images released of Bees: A Story of Survival coming to World Museum
Bees: A Story of Survival. Symphony: Sounds of over 40,000 bees create a responsive artwork that captures your movement. © Robin Clewley Photography

This innovative exhibition uses state-of-the-art audio-visual technology to delve into the lives of bees from various corners of the world, offering visitors a glimpse into their intricate world.

World Museum Liverpool has teamed up with acclaimed artist Wolfgang Buttress to present Bees: A Story of Survival, an immersive exhibition running until May 5, 2025.

Using cutting-edge audio-visual technology, the exhibition explores the lives of bees from across the globe, transporting audiences into their world – including a stunning soundscape featuring 40,000 bees. 

Led by changing soundscapes, visitors embark on a journey through eight immersive rooms. On a path through spaces inspired and shaped by the architecture of the bee hive, visitors embark on a journey, audiences will engage with bees, through a live stream directly into the heart of a living colony. Using sounds and scents, visitors follow a trail from trees to digital wildflower meadows, highlighting the impact of bees as pollinators of the natural world.

Bees: A Story of Survival. Wander through a hive-like structure and marvel at the intricacy of how bees communicate with one another. © Robin Clewley Photography
Bees: A Story of Survival. Wander through a hive-like structure and marvel at the intricacy of how bees communicate with one another. © Robin Clewley Photography

A fusion of art, science, technology and incorporating film from the international scientific community Bees: A Story of Survival brings to life what it is like to see and hear like a bee. The exhibition imagines and dramatically highlights the devastating impact of a world without these fascinating and essential creatures. 

Wolfgang Buttress said:

“Bees can be seen as sentinels of the earth. They have been around for over 120 million years and are exquisitely tuned to the environment. Their health and wellbeing mirror the health of the Earth and they are dying in unprecedented numbers. Their existential challenges reflect our own – they die and suffer, we die and suffer. 

“This exhibition was imagined to be like no other. The intention was to create an emotionally engaging and sensory stimulating experience to express the wonder and diversity of bees. I want the audience to feel empathy as well as an understanding and appreciation of these incredible creatures. If we love and respect bees a little bit more after seeing this exhibition, then we may well make the earth a better place for them and us to live in.”

Bees: A Story of Survival. © Robin Clewley Photography
Bees: A Story of Survival. © Robin Clewley Photography

Bridging the gap between sculpture, sound and science, Bees: A Story of Survival draws upon a decade of collaboration between artist Wolfgang Buttress and specialist in bee communication, Professor Martin Bencsik. Taking inspiration from his immensely popular 2015 installation The Hive at Kew Gardens, Buttress delves deep into the world of bees to create an emotional experience that will resonate long after audiences leave. 

One highlight is Symphony, a space where visitors can be part of a responsive artwork and soundscape. Featuring sounds from over 40,000 bees, your movement is captured live in the space and expressed as ‘light’ shadows resembling stardust or pollen. 

World Museum’s extensive entomology collection and specialist curators have played a key role in the development of Bees: A Story of Survival. With over 30,000 specimens of bees – including the UK’s rarest bee, Osmia xanthomelana, found only on a single site in North Wales – the museum’s natural history collections are used to support national and international research on the impact of environmental change on plant and animal populations. 

Bees: A Story of Survival. © Robin Clewley Photography
Bees: A Story of Survival. © Robin Clewley Photography

Anne Fahy, head of World Museum, said:

“An artwork and a science exhibition, Bees: A Story of Survival will push the boundaries of museum interpretation, educating and fascinating through a unique experience, and helping visitors to understand what we all can do to protect these intricate and resilient creatures.” 

Bees: A Story of Survival runs at World Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, until Saturday 5 May 2025. The exhibition is sponsored by lead partner Radisson RED Liverpool and premieres at World Museum, before embarking on a global tour. 

For more info on Bees: A Story of Survival click here.

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