Collaborating at Glastonbury 2019
This year the Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury festival presents a 30m diameter woodland dome pavilion made from over 7000 locally sourced and unprocessed Sitka Spruce posts. BEAM is a sculptural installation by artist Wolfgang Buttress who is well known for his multi award winning Hive sculpture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. BEAM highlights and expresses the plight of the honey bee and the essential role they play in pollinating 30% of the food that we eat. Squint/Opera worked with Wolfgang to design and create the 360 degree projections that fill the inside of the structure
The project is the product of significant interdisciplinary collaboration. The visuals are based on high definition film, MRI and thermal imagery from the work of Dr Martin Bencsik, and designed in collaboration with Squint/Opera and software experts RES. The soundscape was crafted and curated by Wolfgang, Tony Foster and Kev Bales and includes contributions from Spiritualized, Amiina (string section for Sigur Ros), Daniel Avery, Camille Christel, Kelly Lee Owens and Matt Black (Coldcut/Ninja Tunes).
The internal space has integrated LED screens which circumnavigate the clearing expressing the activity of the bee hives in real time. The space at night is filled with 360 degree projections from 12 state of the art laser projectors animating the walls of the clearing with footage from the honey bee hives in both high definition film, MRI and thermal imagery.