Alec Finlay: The Bee Library

1 Mar 2012 – 14 Apr 2012

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Free (parking charges apply)

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wakefield, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • For West Yorkshire timetables call 0113 245 7676, for South Yorkshire timetables call 01709 515151 alternatively, visit www.wymetro.com
  • Wakefield Westgate is the nearest main line station, around 7 miles from YSP. A taxi from the station costs approx £10. London King's Cross to Wakefield takes around 2 hours.
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The Bee Library is a new project by Alec Finlay, comprising a collection of 24 bee-themed books, launched to coincide with World Book Day 2012.

Once Finlay has read each book, they will be transformed into nests for 'solitary' or 'wild' bees found at YSP, forming a sculptural installation on a walking route around the lakes and woodland. The Bee Library at YSP is part of a wider project by Finlay to build a global bee library.

Texts gleaned from the selected volumes nutrify an ongoing poem. The first libraries are being installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, May 2012, and the Sydney Biennale, July 2012.

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