Bee Here Now
Jadene Aquilar, Fatema Sulemanji, Simon Mclanaghan and Alexander Onufriev
The FABFEST was an event held by the University of Westminster in the Summer of 2016. It was a fabrication festival exploring the possibilities of digital and manual fabrication using card and correx in the construction of pavilions.
Given the choice of our concept to be, our team wanted to raise awareness of the plight of bees. In today's world there are many things working against our fuzzy friends; they face dangers from pesticides, diseases, industrial farming doesn't allow them enough variety, there is a shortage of bee keepers and there are mixed reports on the dangers of mobile phone signals.
Without bees we could lose around 70% of the crops that are used to feed 90% of the planet.
Our pollinators our in danger and yet large parts of our society are still unaware this. And that is where we came in.
As a part of Team 30 our idea was to raise awareness of the plight of bees, raise money for charities involved with helping the bees and to inform the visitors of the FABFEST how they can muck in to help the little critters out as well.
We wanted to use the beehive as the starting point for our geometry and see what possibilities we could unlock.
From the onset we looked at honeycomb geometry and understood that to really connect with bees and their building techniques we would have to adopt a similar approach and work out a modular system that would allow us to generate shapes any way we wanted.
We took the hexagon as our starting point. By playing around with the geometry there were a number of relationships that began to emerge:
By extending the sides of the hexagon we could create a hexagram.
The corner points of the hexagram would line up with the midpoints of the edges of the hexagon.
Rotating the hexagon 90° would line up the corners of the hexagram and the newly created hexagon.
We needed the faces to be identical - for that reason we made sure that the various panels were formed of equilateral triangles that could be joined to each other in any orientation.
This is only a small fraction of the possibilities when using hexagons and their relationships. I hope to research these possibilities further in the coming years.
I believe there is a reason why these shapes make an appearance in nature and sacred geometry. Not only that, the hexagon has a connection with a three-dimensional cube. and given that a two-dimensional shape may convey an extra layer of information, this could be a key to understanding the fourth dimension.
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