The Blue Halo Project
A workshop with Digital Artist and Beekeeper, Lily Hunter Green.
Weds 26 Jan 2022
12noon – 2pm
Limited spaces available for this friendly, free workshop.
Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Ave, Southend on Sea, SS0 8NB
Workshop 1 : The Blue Halo with digital artist and beekeeper, Lily Hunter Green
This workshop, the first of an upcoming series, will include an introduction from Lily on bees/biodiversity and healthy landscapes, explaining why we need to act now.
Taking inspiration from Google Earth satellite images of Essex sites, participants will design and make their own healthy ‘satellite landscape’, including all of the essential flowers to attract pollinators and natural elements to create biodiverse ecosystems (including water sources, woodlands/trees for shelter, wildflower strips around fields, healthy soil mounds for animals to inhabit etc).
The group will then collaborate on a large-scale 3D and textural satellite image: a ‘patchwork’ made out of redundant carpet tiles and other recycled found materials.
The challenge? The Satellite image of the pollinator friendly landscape created by the participants must be as biodiverse as possible.
A 3D scan and an image of the collaborative patchwork will be taken from above using a flying drone.
The Blue Halo
Plants are great illusionists and seducers. Using a trick of light, they radiate a spectacular blue halo around their flowers that, while invisible to the naked human eye, is irresistible to bees and other pollinators.
Centered on pollinators, specifically bees, THE BLUE HALO is an immersive digital art project that is designed as both a celebration of the symbiotic relationship between the flower and the bee, and a living pulsating creative urgent call to action to re-wild and rebuild our local habitats.
It involves local people in a creative and environmentally focused initiative, ending with a large-scale exhibition and promotes a great understanding of the importance of biodiversity and the fragility of our environment.
The Blue Halo comprises of two interconnected parts:
 The Blue Halo Sci-Art Digital Installation exhibited at Metal, Chalkwell Park
 A community-based Citizen Science Project in the NetPark that invites members of the local community to participate in a hands-on research gathering activity, in which the data feeds directly into the morphing flower sculpture.
About the artist : Lily Hunter Green
An Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck College (London) and an Artist-in-Residence at the Maori Lab, Cambridge University, Lily’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.