60,000 bees work with artist Tomáš Libertíny to recreate Nefertiti’s head and other classic wax sculptures
Art and everything that embodies this expression of creative talent and human imagination never ceases to question us. In fact, everyday art is explored in different ways and there are thousands of works of art that amaze people, like this bust of Nefertiti and some other classic wax sculptures made by bees and artist Tomáš Libertiny.
Artist Tomáš Libertíny and bees are the ultimate “Teamwork makes the dream work”
When it comes to reproducing famous busts and sculptures, the Slovak artist Tomás Libertiny prefer to work collaboratively. During the process of creating these out-of-this-world sculptures, tens of thousands of bees are used by the artist to create the porous outer layers of iconic artwork.
Some of his most famous pieces include Michelangelo’s “Bust of Nefertiti”, “Brutus” and an important jug inspired by “Nolan’s Amphora” in The encounter.
Art delicately enclosed in a pure honeycomb
The resulting sculptures, entirely soaked in golden honeycombs, create a dialogue between the newly generated organic material and the themes of art history.
For example, “Eternity” by artist Tomáš Libertíny is “a monument to the strength and timelessness of mother nature and her ancient character as a mighty ruler against all odds. This artwork is based on a 3D replica from the original image of Nefertiti, the illustrious queen of ancient Egypt.
Now here comes the best part – The process
Currently located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, artist Tomáš Libertíny gives expert beekeepers a frame that insects occupy for months, or in the case of “Eternity”, for two years. As for a bonsai, he explains:
“I have to manage the growth of the building, gradually chaining the workflow in places where you feel appropriate.”
The end result is never entirely predictable, unlike conventional artisanal methods. Therefore, Tomáš Libertíny shares with his artistic fans that working with honeycombs and bees is always a surprise.
In a recent interview, he provided some very valuable insight into the diligent and scrupulous process where he sometimes has to watch the finished product for a few days before he can truly appreciate it.
Beeswax is the main material for sculptures by artist Tomáš Libertíny
Because of its simultaneous transience and durability – Libertíny’s sculptures have the potential to last for thousands of years if properly cared for – beeswax is inherently paradoxical, the artist argues. It’s a dichotomy he’s been examining since launching the Made by Bees series in 2005.
Tomáš Libertíny thinks that the best illustration of pure design is a beeswax candle. There’s nothing stylish about it, but he explains that the candle served as the trigger for the ongoing series and it’s all a science to keep the flame burning.
Learn more about the artist
Libertíny’s interest in the wonder and wisdom of nature inspires her work by evoking emotions that are both eternal and universal. The psychological and physical interactions between man and nature are a constant source of inspiration.
While using the most advanced design techniques and technology available today to explore and realize his art, artist Tomáš Libertíny uses industrial precision only as a “means to an end” to create the ideal environment. for controlled unpredictability. The formal foundation of his drawings, paintings and sculptures is his awareness of the repetitions and patterns that surround us as well as the captivating flaws of nature.