BEAM is a 30m diameter woodland dome pavilion made from over 7000 locally sourced and unprocessed Sitka Spruce posts. BEAM highlights and expresses the plight of the honeybee and the essential role they play in pollinating 30% of the food we eat. The challenges facing the bee are universal. BEAM is an artwork that expresses the intrinsic and essential relationship between bee and human; it has brought together specialist collaborators in science, light, film, sound and projection mapping to create an immersive and multi-sensory experience.

Visitors enter the woodland pavilion through numerous pathways lined by rising tree trunks inter-planted with wildflowers leading to an 11m wide hexagonal clearing. The internal space is surrounded by 3.5m high wooden lenticular screens to create a fully immersive experience. The installation will use accelerometers (vibration sensors) to measure the activity of the Cornish Black Bee colony living at Michael Eavis’ Worthy Farm at Glastonbury. These live signals will be sent through to the sculpture and algorithms will be used to convert these vibrational signals into ever changing lighting and sound effects 24 hours a day. The Pavilion has a legacy post-Glastonbury as a giant bee hotel. Visitors during the festival are encouraged to use hand drills to create holes in the trunks to entice solitary bees and other insects to make BEAM their new home.

The internal space is fitted with a surround sound system that will fill the space 24hrs a day with a fluid and responsive soundscape based on live bee sounds with harmonious musical stems crafted and curated by Wolfgang, Tony Foster and Kev Bales who form the musical collective BE. Contributions to the soundscape have been made by Spiritualized, Amiina (string section for Sigur Ros), Daniel Avery, Camille Christel, Kelly Lee Owens, Coldcut and Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit). Bees hum in the key of C and typically the ever-evolving soundscape responds to this. Musicians performing at Glastonbury are encouraged to write and record musical stems with the live sound of the bees in a recording studio next to the sculpture which can be integrated into the soundscape. New software has been written by the team which will sample real time sounds from adjacent Glastonbury stages which will trigger a harmonious live remix where the key and BPM can be constantly refreshed within the installation.

The internal space has integrated LED screens which circumnavigate the clearing expressing the activity of the beehives in real time. The space at night is filled with 360-degree projections from 12 state of the art laser projectors animating the walls of the clearing with footage from the honeybee hives and co-projects of Wolfgang’s scientific collaborator Dr Martin Bencsik in both high definition film, MRI and thermal imagery. 

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7000 locally sourced and unprocessed Sitka Spruce posts

3.5m high wooden lenticular screens

Accelerometers (vibration sensors)

Integrated LED screens

7.2 f surround sound system


Artist, Concept and Design: Wolfgang Buttress

Scientist: Dr. Martin Bencsik

Soundscape: BE (Wolfgang Buttress, Kev Bales and Tony Foster)

Acoustic Engineers: Hoare Lea

3d Sound Programming: Outboard and Ableton

Custom 6K Projection Mapped Content and Installation, Projection Design & Video Technicians, Ai Server integration: Realtime Environment Systems

Film Design and Editing: Squint Opera, Battlecat Studios and Wolfgang Buttress Studio

Film Footage: Lock Up, Dr. Martin Bencsik, Wolfgang Buttress Studio