Caught by the River

The Hive at Kew: A Work in Progress

20th April 2016

credit Jason Burke Photo: Jason Burke

Following the announcement that Wolfgang Buttress’ multi award-winning Milan Expo pavilion ‘The Hive’ will move to Kew Gardens this year, we’re pleased to report that construction is well underway.

Once completed, the 17-metre structure will be lit by hundreds of LED lights and soundtracked by BE•ONE – the first ever Rivertones LP, released earlier this year – as well as an accompanying undercurrent of buzzes and pulses. Triggered by vibration sensors within a real beehive, the sound and light intensity within the pavilion increases as the energy levels in the living hive surge, giving visitors an incredible insight into the ever-moving life of a bee colony.

unnamed-4 Photo: Wendy Barrett

The Hive is expected to be open to the public by June 2016. Keep up to date with the project’s progress by visiting, following @kewgardens, @WButtress & @tweetbytheriver on Twitter, and with the hashtag #kewhive.

A very special BE•ONE live performance will take place at London’s Sonos Studio on May 11. Tickets are free but limited. Additionally, the collective will play Bluedot Festival and Caught by the River Thames this summer. More info on live dates here.

BE•ONE is available to stream here. Physical and digital copies of the album are available to purchase from the Caught by the River shop.