By AnneMarie van Splunter
Permanent installation in Dahliarama
Buzzbench is a sculptural environment that can be shared by humans and insects. It is a monumental bench in the middle of a flower field that functions simultaneously as a place to sit for human beings and a biotope for insects. The bench is constructed from cane and bamboo which offers insects separate tunnels to lay eggs and survive the winter. As part of a bee cordon through the city Buzzbench forms a special public space in the Amstelpark which the artist together with a bee expert will maintain for the next ten years.
The cane and bamboo which the bench is built from comes from city gardeners in Amsterdam. In the Amstelpark the Buzzbench can offer nesting help to at least 8 local bee species. The shell form of the bench changes and enforces the zooming of the insects and includes the visitor in a heightened sensual surrounding.