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Wild for Bees
How might we use local art to educate, empower, and enrich the community in helping preserve wild bee health?

Project Details

  • Date: June 2014
  • Client: Fairmont Hotel and Resorts, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Burt's Bees

Rapidly facing population decline, the bee hotels strengthen the urban ecology by providing nesting spaces for solitary bees. For the Wild for Bees campaign, the five structures were sited across the Greater Toronto Area and built entirely from recycled urban material. The design intent created a site-specific aesthetic for the educational initiative centered on pollinator health. We wanted to show that bee habitats can be beautiful and easy to build in your own backyard!

Wild for Bees

Inspired by a bee hive hanging from a tree, this structure travelled around the city to community events and conferences, before ending up in its permanent outdoor home at Toronto Botanical Garden.

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Design, build, inspire.

As part of the SUSTAINABLE.TO team, I managed the design, build, and installation of the five bee hotels. Most structures were built in collaboration with youth from at-risk neighbourhoods, and travelled to local farmer's markets and events, such as 100in1Day, as part of the GTA-wide educational campaign. In some cases, the construction was integrated into a community workshop to invite the public into the campaign. S.TO was named the 2014 Pollinator Advocate for Canada, and a subsequent project, DIY Backyard Bee Hotels, was named the winner of the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Design Challenge.


"Condos for bees are creating a buzz...Awareness is what this is all about. And following awareness, hopefully, is action."

Dave Le Blanc, Globe and Mail

Wild for Bees

Wild for Bees

At Black Creek Pioneer Village, the red bee hotels, inspired by the iconic Monopoly house tokens, sit contrasting amongst the tall grass.

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A hill-like structure sits in a vast field in Guelph, at the newly developed Pollinator Park.

Wild for Bees

Wild for Bees

On the rooftop of the Fairmont Royal York hotel, the skyline is reflected into the largest bee hotel constructed.

Wild for Bees

Wild for Bees