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The Good of the Hive Mural Attraction

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The Good of the Hive Mural

The Great Ape House is getting a makeover with a mural of hand-painted honeybees!

The mural is part of Matthew Willey's The Good of the Hive initiative, which raises awareness about the importance of pollinators, while celebrating the beauty and power of nature and human connection. Willey plans to paint 50,000 honeybees (the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive) in murals around the world.

See him at work from Sept. 22 through Nov. 15, and stop by the Great Ape House on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a Meet-the-Artist talk, weather permitting.

Don’t miss his companion installations, Colony Expanse and Bending Hives.

Colony Expanse

Location: Zoo in Your Backyard, adjacent to American bison

This temporary, kinetic installation features a swarm of 193 hand-painted bees. Exposure to the elements causes these gold-painted wood panels to deteriorate, symbolizing the difficulties that bees face as a result of environmental changes.

Bending Hives

Location: Adjacent to Kids’ Farm

These wood and metal, curved bee-hive sculptures spark curiosity and imagination. Look closer, with new perspectives, at the world we share with bees.

More pollinators, please? Check out the new Me and the Bee Playground, sponsored by Land O'Lakes, Inc., located next to Kids' Farm.

Image above represents work by Matthew Willey.