The Honeycomb was a collaborative community art project which was exhibited in the main arena of Electric Picnic Arts and Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois in 2011 and 2012. This large scale light installation was developed by Vera McEvoy, four other artists and the wider Stradbally community over a five month period.
The Stradbally residents, young and old, were an integral part of the project, and the title Honeycomb reflects the creation process; people buzzing around together at work, collecting, cleaning, sorting, painting, testing and assembling. In excess of 3,000 recycled, 2 litre plastic bottles, were collected and transformed into a large, colourful, light installation. Each bottle, containing an individual LED bulb and battery, was attached through the cap, to an eight foot hollow MDF cube.
The variety of shapes within the bottles facilitated the sparkling and merging of lights to create extra dimensions and colours. Throughout the festival weekend, revellers, both adults and children, interacted with the work to make their own individual colour patterns and designs.