Airbus transports huge honeybee sculpture to international UN biodiversity art exhibition in Northern Germany

Airbus transports huge honeybee sculpture to international UN biodiversity art exhibition in Northern Germany
8 August 2011 Feature story

In support of the United Nations (UN) decade of biodiversity Airbus transported a metal art sculpture by David Vanorbeek, a Belgian artist based in the South of France, close to the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. Airbus used its internal road transport system to bring this unique piece of art from Toulouse to Bremen in Northern Germany.

The 250 x 120 x 190 cm sculpture is made of iron wire, recycled from a vineyard in the south of France. It will be presented at the exhibition “ARTandDIVERSITY”, starting on August 11, 2011, in Ihlienworth, Northern Germany. It is the first art exhibition in Germany in the new UN-decade for biodiversity and it is an official Green Capital Project in Hamburg, Green Capital of Europe 2011.

Under the patronage of Tatjana Gräfin Dönhoff, a renowned German journalist, and organised by the curator Samuel Fleiner, the exhibition presents more than 50 artists from ten nations, showing artwork inspired by biodiversity or promoting biodiversity. Visitors can explore photography, paintings, sculptures, potteries, assemblages, recyclings and much more.

Airbus strongly supports biodiversity and has been engaged with the UN’s campaign for more than two years. As an eco-efficient enterprise, Airbus provides leadership by delivering responsible solutions that address today’s concerns, so the aviation sector can continue to prosper with less impact on the environment.

The Belgian artist David Vanorbeek specialises in recycled metal art sculptures. For almost 10 years he focussed on insects, to show his respect and make people aware of their imminent disappearance. The honeybee, which will be exhibited at the ARTandDIVERSITY expo, was finished by Vanorbeek in 2009 and was already shown on the “International Apicultural Congress Apimondia" in Montpellier that year. 

The honeybee is an insect, which is very important for the survival of many plants and species depending on these plants. Its honey has already been treasured and valued by human beings for thousands of decades.

You can find more information on the Airbus engagement in biodiversity on and by following us on twitter @Airbus. For more information about the artist David Vanorbeek and his other insect, abstract and monumental sculptures please visit To get details on the biodiversity exhibition ARTandDIVERSITY please visit




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