Bee Real Bee Everywhere

Public Art Saint Paul’s new Bee Real Bee Everywhere project dives into the current conversations about the plight of bees and other pollinators. Studies show that the loss of natural habitat for many insects threaten our food security, thus, new ideas have arisen about safekeeping these species. Many of us are concentrating on preservation of our wild and lesser-known nectar hunters and not only on cultivated honeybees.

Bee Real Bee Everywhere will be buzzing in summer 2017. Our artist team of Christine Baeumler, Amanda Lovelee, and Julie Benda have been hard at work designing for an urban bee habitat “high-rise” that will invite bees to take up residence. The first one will be installed in the Como Lake neighborhood in July 2017. Neighborhood residents in “high-rise” areas can participate in many ways with Bee Real and do their part to support bees.

The artists also have developed an educational outreach cargo bike, called “The Office of Urban Pollen Exchange,” that will visit Saint Paul libraries and parks for bee education activities. Sculptor Brad Kaspari is creating tiny bronze bees that will also debut in 2017 as part of Bee Real Bee Everywhere.

We are grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an Arts Challenge grant that supports this project, along with the 1% for Public Art Ordinance in Saint Paul.

Check out events this summer across the city:

June 21, 10am – 12pm
Dragonfly Bonanza
Trout Brook Farm
1200 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55117

June 22, 10am-12pm
Passport to Pollinators
Como Zoo
1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103

June 22, 2pm-5pm
Como Dockside Farmer’s Market
Como Dockside
1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117

June 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Summer Blast
Langford Park
30 Langford Park, St Paul, MN 55108

June 27, 10am-1pm
7th Place Farmer’s Market
7th Place Mall, Downtown St. Paul

July 3, 1pm-5pm
St. Thomas More Farmer’s Market
1079 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

July 12, 10:30-11:30
S’more Fun
North Dale Rec Center
1414 St Albans St N, St Paul, MN 55117

July 19, 12pm-2pm
Como Park
1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103

July 21, 1pm-5pm
St. Thomas More Farmer’s Market
1079 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

August 1, 10am-1pm
7th Place Farmer’s Market
7th Place Mall, Downtown St. Paul

August 3, 2pm-5pm
Como Dockside Farmer’s Market
Como Dockside
1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117

August 16, 6pm-7:30pm
Public Art Saint Paul Birthday Party
Como Park
Como and Horton Ave

August 18, 1pm-5pm
St. Thomas More Farmer’s Market
1079 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

August 21, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Hamline Library
1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

August 22, 10am-1pm
7th Place Farmer’s Market
7th Place Mall, Downtown St. Paul

August 24, 2pm-5pm
Como Dockside Farmer’s Market
Como Dockside
1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117