7 Days of Making: Day 7

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On the final day of making, I photographed the origami bees with some flowers.

The idea was to highlight the role of bees in the pollination process. The paper bees are oversize against the flowers, but, like the flowers, the bees are very fragile. Some of the images work quite well – particularly from a structural perspective. Although the bees do not really sing against the color of the flowers. In my opinion  the images are too far on the aesthetic spectrum and do not send a clear message.

To take this further, I would want to make the bees become a practical intervention in the pollination system, for example, they could be made out of paper which is peppered with wild flower seeds, and printed within information about CCD, protecting pollinators etc. The bees could be used as a tactic to get people engaged with the idea of planting wild flowers, or increasing biodiversity in their gardens.

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