Denatured: Honeybees + Murano


Curated by Marcia E Vetrocq
May 29 - October 31 2013
Scola dei Battioro e Tiraoro
Campo San Stae, Venice, Italy
The exhibition engaged two locations: the Scola dei Battioro e Tiraoro—an 18th-century building on the Grand Canal that originally housed the confraternity of the city’s goldmakers—and a once-neglected, weedy field on the grounds of the Linea Arianna glass factory in Murano. During March 2013, Judi Harvest created a bee-friendly garden in the 250-square-meter field, designing an environment of 30 fruit trees and 500 fragrant, flowering plants that was originally home to four fully functioning hives, now seven. The first honey from Murano was harvested during the summer. The plantings and hives will remain in place to be cared for by Judi, the factory personnel and a beekeeper, who will regularly gather the honey.
The principal art work of the presentation at the Scola dei Battioro e Tiraoro is Honey Vessels: Double Line (2013), a 6-meter-long, wall-mounted installation comprising 90 hand-made glass vessels created by Harvest with the master glass blowers of Linea Arianna. Also on view was the video Breakfast with the Bees (2013) and a group of paintings and Murano glass sculptures inspired by the anatomy and behavior of the honeybee, the liquid state of honey (akin to that of molten glass), and the modular geometric structure characteristic of the hive.

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Related artworks:

Honey Vessel – Double Line


Fico Scuro

Alveare Scuro

Worker Bee and Hive

Hive and Baby Drone

Wall Hives

Monumental Hive

Beehive III


Red Bee


Nuptial Flight

Spirit Garden


Exhibition images:







Honey Vessels




The ongoing site-specific installation Murano Honey Garden™, 2013 – present.

Murano Honey Garden with pomegranate tree and hives



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