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Artist Brian Fernandes-Halloran makes sculptural works from found objects that reconstruct memories. He recently worked with Aga Shraeder and Rafal Zwirek to create a sculpture of an eccentric beekeeper named Pantata, who he met during an artist residency in Poland. As Fernandes-Halloran explains in the video below, the sculpture is made from found objects that Pantata had collected and houses a functional apiary!

Pantata has had a small house in Colonia for about 20 years. He has transformed it from a towns unofficial trash dump into a cosy home where he undertakes many projects that make use of the surrounding forest, objects he comes across and years of know how. One of his projects is the apiary that he manages.

I love the contrast between the endearing sentiments behind this sculpture, and the idea that it will be constantly swarming with bees, forcing unequipped viewers to keep their distance, not to mention that this sculpture will potentially produce honey! Not too shabby.