Buzzbench

A sculptural bench in Amstelpark, Amsterdam

The Buzzbench is a sculptural bench in a citypark where visitors find a quiet retreat and at the same time a biotope for wild bees. With the Buzzbench I’d like to create a new public space that will bring our sensory perception to a higher level.

The shell shape of the bench will change and intensify the humming sounds of bees and hoverflies. The bench embraces and shelters those inside and wraps the visitor into an atmosphere of quiet concentration.

Plenty of flowers to fourage for nectar and pollen in the Amstelpark, a magical place with a huge variety of buildings, plants and creative gardening layouts,
due to the fact that it was originally built for the Floriade in 1972.

Buzzbench specifics

Location: Dahliarama, Amstelpark, Amsterdam
Execution: Artist i.c.w. buildingatelier www.fictionfactory.nl
Financing: Amsterdams Fund for the Arts, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds,
Municipality Amsterdam Zuid, crowdfunding
Dimensions: Height 155 cm. x width 360 cm
Materials: Medite Tricoya Extreme, local cane and bamboo, Tung-oil
Year: 2015
Drawing: Peter Schuitemaker
Photography: © Annemarie van Splunter
Related work: Flower bench
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees
Sculptural bench, Buzzbenvh is a sitting area and biotope for wild bees