Serendipity made me get off the tram one stop before my destination, because I suddenly decided to shoot something I always wanted and never did.
Later at home I learned that the DP Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘Scale’. Editor Michelle asks us to “share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo”.
These are the so-called Bijentafels (Bee’s tables) from the artist Frank Mandersloot, placed at the Rietland Park, Eastern harbor district of Amsterdam.
They stand there in a scaled up contrast with the size of people, cars, bikes and buildings around it.
The artist spent 9 years developing it. He didn’t intend show the honey bees as the meaning for his art. He wanted to show the relationship between people and nature, both present in the city life. He says that bees depend on humans in the city, and their presence is a measure of the city’s health. Not the physical but mental health of the environment; nature bringing a positive influence to city people’s lives.