Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny - Moss New York Monday, October 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    ‘Made by Bees: Ephemeral Constructions by Tomás Gabzdil Libertíny’, Moss, New York, May 19– July 14, 2007

  • Literature

    Jennifer Hudson, Process: 50 Product Designs From Concept to Manufacture, London, 2008, pp. 127, 130
    Paola Antonelli, ed., Design and the Elastic mind, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008, p. 27
    Penny Sparke, The Genius of Design, London, 2009, p. 29
    Tim Parson, Thinking: Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design, Lausanne, 2009, Switzerland, fig. 11
    Gareth Williams, Telling Tales, Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design, exh. cat., The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2009, p. 52
    David Revere McFadden, Holly Hotchner, et. al., Slash: Paper Under the Knife, exh. cat., Museum of Arts and Design, Milan, 2009, p. 159
    Arlene Hirst, ‘TDA/Total Design Addict, Elle Decor Italia, no. 9, September 2012, p. 190 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Through this Rotterdam-based Slovakian designer’s ingenious intervention, a colony of over 40,000 bees at the Entomology Research Center of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, has created Tomás Libertíny’s remarkable classically- shaped ‘Made By Bees’ vase. To make this vase, Libertíny constructed vase-shaped beehive scaffolds (to be removed at the end of the process) and then let nature take its course: a group of bees went to work building a hive, layer by layer, in the same shape as the scaffold. It took one week and approximately 40,000 bees to complete this particular honeycomb vase. The ‘Made By Bees’ vase is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Unique ‘Made By Bees’ vase

Natural honeycomb.
9 in (22.9) high, 7 in (17.8 cm) diameter
Produced by Studio Libertíny, the Netherlands. From the edition of 7.

$18,000 - 22,000 


16 October 2012
New York