A Right Royal Buzz
A Right Royal Buzz
The surface of Marmox Multiboard is sometimes described as having a honeycomb pattern. Last week saw the honeycomb patterned board being used as part of a seven foot high honeycomb.
A partnership of the Royal Parks and the National Gallery developed a programme of events and displays highlighting the importance of pollination, especially that carried out by bees. Alex Hirtzel, the Royal Parks’ artist in residence created the concepts and worked with local communities, schools and colleges to create the bee-utiful art exhibitions which were installed in Duck Island Cottage in London’s oldest Royal park, St James’ Park, next door to Buckingham Palace.
One of Alex’s installations was a representation of a beehive featuring ceramic tiles designed and made by students at Harris Westminster Sixth Form showing different aspects of bee-life. Marmox Multiboard was used as the tile backer board providing a secure, water-proof and weather-proof base to display these tiles on.
What makes Marmox board ideal as the carrier for the students’ tiles is the way the Marmox board is constructed. It has a hard cement-based layer on both the front and back faces but in-between is a core of extruded hard foam. One cement-based face is stuck to the tiles and the other to the beehive. The foam core in the middle is there to absorb lateral movement in the timber structure so that it does not result in movement on the tiled surface. The wooden structure of the beehive will expand and contract as the weather and temperatures change and if that timber were tiled, the tiles would rapidly start to loosen and fall to the ground. Because that movement will now be absorbed by the foam core of the board and the tiling will not crack or come lose and will remain in place, unaffected by the elements for as long as the installation remains on display.
Although the exhibition is now closed, the beehive will now be on permanent display in St James’ Park.