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Queen Bee @ Eureka Tower


Queen Bee @ Eureka TowerA must see when in Southbank is the Bee Colony artwork on the side of the Eureka Tower.

The Queen Bee was developed by Richard Stringer for a series of studio works in 2003-04.

Nonda Katsalidis saw these original sculptures and began the process of finding funding for a large scale version while Stringer adapted the idea to the building in regards to scale, layout and construction method.

Katsalidis and Stringer had discussed the idea of making a permanent installation on various building projects over the years and the image of a Queen Bee and colony had a obvious conceptual compatibility to the context of this gigantic residential tower.

The gold finish of Stringer's works also complimented the golden glass apex of the building designed by Katsalidis.

Queen Bee @ Eureka TowerThe sculpture is made from anodized aluminum sheet using cast aluminum for all the antennae and small bees legs. The sheets are riveted together using 110,000 anodized rivets.

The work was begun in January 2006 at Stringer's Richmond studio and the completed work was installed in December 2007.




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