44a) Bee Box by Paul Hodges
Companion piece to female Wall Mason Bee
This is what he says about his piece:
"My piece celebrates Osmia parietina, the Wall Mason Bee. It focuses on its habitat, located in the north and west of the British Isles. Bee Box depicts the environment in which it nests among dry stone walls and broken limestone pavement, and some plants it collects nectar and pollen from, such as Bird’s-foot trefoil, Bugle and Clover, found in traditionally managed pasture.
The ‘nestbox’ was inspired by a visit to Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales, its extensive limestone “pavement” above the cliffs and its unique flora and fauna. (The champagne cork stopper celebrated a great day’s walking!)
Media: Acrylic painted Wood