Landscape Architecture

  • Swarm, installation view, Meyerson Hall

    Photo Lou Caltabiano


Thursday, June 20, 2019Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Meyerson Hall façade, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia

From agriculture to architecture, bees have played a unique role in sustaining human life for centuries. In Rome, for example, the bees that ornament late Renaissance buildings are said to have flown from Florence to “suck the nectar” of the Church and appeal to the era’s great patrons, in particular Pope Urban VIII. A temporary installation on the façade of Meyerson Hall extends this iconographic tradition while calling attention to one of the most important, if overlooked, species on the planet.

Swarm was conceived and constructed by Richard Weller, Tone Chu, James Billingsley, Karl Wellman, and Joe Seeger. Weller is co-executive director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, professor and chair of landscape architecture, Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism.

Presented by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology in conjunction with Design With Nature Now, a multi-platform exploration of the legacy of visionary environmental planner and landscape architect Ian McHarg.

Made possible by a grant from the The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at Penn.