Milan Expo 2015 Hive installation reassembled in London

A Kew Garden employee poses for a picture in front of the 'Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation by British Artist Wolfgang Buttress at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016. 
Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

A giant aluminium beehive that uses the activity of bees to give visitors an “experiential insight” into the life of a colony has been installed in the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

A visitor stands on a platform inside 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation by British artist Wolfgang Buttress at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Photography by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

The Hive, a 17m high and 40 tonne work which incorporates lights and music, was originally created for the 2015 Milan Expo.

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An aeroplane flies on the sky above 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation by British artist Wolfgang Buttress at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The lattice installation, which is made up of 170,000 parts, was designed by Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress. Each part is assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells for a metal honeycomb effect and was etched with a reference number to make reassembly a possible.

Sun shines through 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation by British artist Wolfgang Buttress at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The designer said the piece was “a multi-sensory experience that integrates art, science and landscape architecture”.

British artist Wolfgang Buttress poses for a photographer inside his work 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

British artist Wolfgang Buttress. Photography by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images.

An array of almost 1,000 LEDS line the Hive’s internal void and are complemented with orchestral sound recordings.

A visitor takes a picture with a mobile phone of 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation by British artist Wolfgang Buttress at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

A Kew spokesman said the work was “inspired by scientific research into the health of honeybee and has become a visual symbol of the challenges facing bees today”.

British artist Wolfgang Buttress poses for a photographer inside his work 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Buttress’s daughter Camille worked with the bands Spiritualized and Amiina and sounds from nature, such as queen bees buzzing and ducks quaking, to create a soundscape for the installation, while the light and sound intensity is controlled by instruments measuring the activity of bees in one of Kew’s real hives.

An inside view shows 'The Hive', a 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation by British artist Wolfgang Buttress at the Kew Gardens, in London on June 15, 2016.  Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminium The Hive was the centrepiece for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 and has now returned home to be installed at Kew. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The work will stand in the London gardens until the end of 2017.

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