The beautiful pollinator
Honey bees are “tiny things” that enable the world to grow food. About third of agricultural crops (including apples, peaches, almonds) depend on honey bee for its cross-pollination services. Symbolically, they also represents a collaborative society, working together to make a difference and sustain life — and that is why honeybees are the central character of an amazing organization called Beehive Design Collective. It is “a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to cross-pollinating the grassroots by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools.”
I was so inspired by their work, that I made an illustration of the honey bee as a mark of solidarity with the social and environmental grassroot movement, as an ode to the collaborative spirit and as a celebration of art as a connective force.
Beehive Collective’s most inspiring graphic — ‘MesoAmerica Resiste’ tells stories of struggles, resistance and resilience of local communities in Central America against the vested corporate interests and world organizations. The graphic took over 9 years to make. The most amazing part of the graphic is that it allows people to discover the stories in the intricately woven structure. Not surprisingly, we all interpret the graphic and its sections differently — which comes together to form a bigger whole.