From September 14 to October 10, 2010, as part of the Naturel brut art trail, come and discover The Honey Bank, the Stock Market or Life, an interactive work by the inimitable Olivier Darné.
Curator: Lauranne Germond – COAL

At a time when banks are sparing no one, in the midst of two crises, one ecological, the other financial, The Honey Bank invests in the Place de la Bourse. Swarm of bees and bank counter staged, it can be visited but not only…

Olivier Darné, a plastic artist and beekeeper, as he likes to define himself, invites us to meditate on our ability to take advantage of an ecosystem, whose balance we endanger by our excesses and our constant search for material profits. Faced with the decline of bee populations, this artistic device develops a real financial tool to subsidize a public service of pollination!

What if you invested in the honey bank to save the living and collect bee money?
In order to protect the species, the artist suggests you open a “bee bank account” which symbolically transforms money into honey. A part of the booty collected in the apiaries financed by your contribution will be shared among the members of the Honey Bank while another part will be transferred to the “International Honey Fund” (IMF) in order to constitute, year after year, an international honey library. Finally, the remaining part will be sold and the revenues reinvested in the creation of new pollination apiaries in France and abroad.

“If the bee were to disappear, man would only have a few years to live” Albert Einstein
The banking visits take place on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 7pm. until October 2nd.
From bees to the stock market, video report from the newspaper Libération

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