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Artist Uses Bees to Build Honeycomb Sculptures

Insects create world maps and weird geometries for Ren Ri's 'Yuansu Project' exhibition at Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong.

by Becky Chung
Mar 18 2015, 8:00pm

Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects Ren Ri b.1984 Yuansu Series I, Geometric Series #01—World, 2007–08 Natural beeswax, wood, wire 158 x 128 x 10 cm; 62 3/16 x 50 3/8 x 3 7/8 in. Image via

Beijing-based artist Ren Ri has an unusual team of collaborators: bees. At Pearl Lam Gallery's newly opened Hong Kong location, Ri’s surreal beeswax structures have taken over the first floor and ground floor spaces. His first major showcase is divided into two sections: Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry (2007), which consists of world maps made out of honeycombs, and Yuansu II, which includes geometric and surreal formations like the piece above.

“The duality of interactions between the human body and the bees is not simply in the physical sense; more importantly it hints at an interrelated force and its counterforce,” Ri says in a press release. For the organic shapes of Yuansu II, he manipulated the bees’ movements by placing the queen bee in the middle of the box so the workers would construct around her, and then switched the position of the box every seven days.

See Ren Ri's process and honeycomb creations below: 

REN RI: YUANSU PROJECTS from Pearl Lam Galleries on Vimeo.

Installation shot of Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects. 
Images courtesy the artist and Pearl Lam Gallery.

Installation shot of Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects

Yuansu Series I,Geometric Series I#19 Indo-Malay Islands,2009-2010

Installation shot of Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects

Installation shot of Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects

Installation shot of Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects

Installation shot of Ren Ri: Yuansu Projects

Yuansu Series I,Geometric Series I#03 United States of America, 2007-2008 

Ren Ri's Yuansu Project will be on view at Pearl Lam Galleries until April 12, 2015. 

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