4 days of construction, an excited and motivated team of assistants and a non stop flow of ideas helped bring the Bee Free Urban Beehive to life. A big thanks to the Media-Lab Prado for organizing the event and providing the space for many of us beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping in Madrid to come together. Many new contacts were made and collaborations in the future are sure to continue.
Though the future of legal beehives in Madrid is still unclear, the potential for their success is. Conversations held between regional beekeeper associations and city code officials came to the common agreement that the presence of beehives in Madrid can act as positive promotion for the entire beekeeping sector. Focus was placed on the educated consumption of local honey products and all representatives felt that familiarizing urban dwellers with beehives would be a great step. Fellow project participants even compiled a mellifera plant map of Madrid , which identified nectar and pollen producing plants, trees and flowers 10 months a years, more so than many other surrounding rural areas.
I will be sure to stay tuned to the initiative as it continues to develop and meanwhile I am planning on taking my prototype to the farm and fill it with bees!
Here are a few photos of the building process as well as the close to finished product which I presented to a curious eyed crowd yesterday afternoon.