On Wednesday Jasper brought a Greek hive to prepare, in the hope of capturing a swarm of bees. He added ‘foundation’ to the frames, and left a chunk of honeycomb. Then he sprinkled the innards with a special fial of liquid that smelt of lemon, found a nice sunny spot outside the gallery, and left the hive, bathed in sunlight.
In 2 or 3 hours, attracted by the multiple posters around the town advertising the exhibition about superorganisms, the bees arrived. Maybe they came first as robbers, but more and more of them came, creating a fair stir around the hive all evening. The next day they were still busy, but when I came to the studio on Friday morning I found that a whole swarm had arrived. This video captures only the end of the swarm as it housed itself.