Bee Storey is a beehive and hive shelter made from recycled materials. The object is named as such for two reasons. The first alludes to the fact that this type of beehive is essentially multi-storey accommodation for bees. The second meaning is found in the multitude of waste materials that constitute Bee Storey, each material tells its own story with some dating back to the 1940’s.
The Bee Storey 'story' begins with no bees however. At the beginning of this project I wanted to explore a different system of re-purposing and recycling waste. Focusing on my local community, I wanted to find a way to effectively demonstrate how within waste materials there can be huge potential for creative reuse. To do this, I put a severe constraint on my waste collection area, limiting it to a 500m radius from my home in Richmond. This constraint served as a way of encouraging community engagement with the project, it also served to steer the project in directions I may otherwise never have gone.