inspiration for the hive really, is to highlight the importance and the challenges which the honeybee's facing.>> Artist Wolfgang Buttress wants us to know that the fate of the world's bees matter and you're unlikely to forget this. His 17 meter high swarm of aluminum, made up of more than 170,000 parts.
I'm Reuters' reporter Emily Wither at London's Kew Gardens. This impressive structure is connected to one of the real hives here. The lights that fill the inside flicker in time to the vibrations caused when the bees communicate with one another. The artist hopes to revamp the image among many of the bee, as just an annoying pest.
>> It's an emotional experience, that people have a connection back to nature and maybe themselves. And hopefully, realize how important the honeybee is>> The fate of bees is central to the gardens mission, which is studying ways to reverse declining bee numbers. The team here are about to publish new research that's found bees can fight disease by self medicating with herbal remedies.
For example, they've found that thyme from the mint family fights a gut parasite in bumble bees.>> The idea that we can actually use native plants to help immediate bee diseases in our native populations is a fantastic achievement. And it could ultimately enable us to manage it in a natural way, one of the most important constraints to bee decline.
>> The team now plans to study other species that could have similar health benefits. The living hive nearby were arts and science intersect.