Our task in third year was to create an exhibition with several products around the term ‘Meter’. Our group, consisting of Connor Finlayson, Victoria Watson, Kerry Cummings and me, focused on saving the bees. While researching, we came across the interesting fact, that bees would be able, to live and breed very well within cities if there would be more sources of food, flowers. There are several sheltered areas, where bees can build their hives, it is generally warmer in cities and there are less toxins spread on the food sources. The only thing missing – flowers.
Our urban apiary combines two aspects, one: providing flowers in a selfwatering terrarium which is elevated in front of a window. Also suitable for flats higher up on the ground. The terrarium is fitted with a moist sensor which takes care of the plants and two LDR sensors at the two entrances of the terrarium. This is due to the other aspect of our project – to raise the awareness of bee declination. Every day, the amount of visiting bees is counted by the terrarium and represented by the counterpart, the key rack. Per visiting bee, one of the hive cells in the key rack light up. To finish the story of saving the bees, the key rack is also calling for action. When leaving the house, you are tacking the keys out of the key rack, which is then dispensing a seed bomb to take away with you and plant in somewhere in the city to grow more flowers.
The Atelier Meter was organised and carried out by the third years of social digital. We want to thank everyone who took part in this amazing experience.