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Dutch Design Awards 2020
Insectology: Food for Buzz is a series of artificial flowers to serve as an emergency food source for city dwelling insects.

Insectology: Food for Buzz

3D viewing room
Insectology Food for Buzz - Bee Flower
Janneke van der Pol
This project is part of Dutch Design Awards 2020

Insectology: Food for Buzz is a series of artificial flowers to serve as an emergency food source for city dwelling insects. By using spaces where normal flowers can't grow, Food for Buzz aims to revive and restore insect populations.

To Atelier Boelhouwer the relationship between flowers and insects is one of the most fascinating connections found in nature. Flowers evolved to serve insects and insects evolved to serve flowers simultaneously. Nowadays, however, with all of us living in urban jungles made of concrete and stone, the presence of flowers has become something less natural. This lack of flowering has resulted in a drastic insect population decline.

By making urban environments flower again, we will stimulate our so important insect population and help them to flourish again. But how can you make a concrete base flower? How do you tell a bee that it can eat something it isn't used to? To answer these questions Atelier Boelhouwer developed Insectology: Food for Buzz, a series of artificial ongoing flowering flowers to serve as an emergency food source for the 'big 5 of pollination': bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths.

Together with engineers and scientists these 5 colourful, man-made flowers have been developed to be self-sustaining and continuously producing natural objects that form the ultimate attractions to those of the big 5.