"Bee Pile" combines the elements of block printmaking, installation, and public art. On view here are over two hundred bees printed and hand-sewn by the artist to draw attention to colony collapse disorder, the unexplained disappearance of the honeybee that pollinates crops. Originally displayed in a grocery store, this project is part of a series that critiques over-consumption and disproportionate waste production.


  • Title: Bee Pile
  • Creator: Sonia Romero
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Credit Line: Sonia Romero, "Bee Pile," 2010, block printing on hand-sewn felt, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Lichtenberg Family Foundation, 2020.18
  • Medium: block printing on hand-sewn felt

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