Greg Corman is a Tucson-based sculptor who works primarily with reclaimed wood, steel, and found objects to create functional bee habitats, benches, tables, and vessels.  

His bee habitat sculptures don't attract the common honeybee, which by the way, is a non-native species introduced from Europe and Africa. Instead, they support solitary bees, important pollinators that are non-aggressive and nest in holes in the ground or in dead trees.  There are an estimated 1000-1200 species of native bees in Arizona alone, but many have been hit hard by habitat loss, competition from non-native species, pesticides, etc..

Photo: Green Cosmos Bee Habitat

So how does this work? Using reclaimed wood, metal, and paint from a variety of sources, Corman cuts, carves, and paints his sculptures.  He drills a series of holes into the side edge of the wood that are just wide enough to attract leafcutter bees. Inside the drilled tunnels, the females create individual cells, each with a food source (pollen and nectar) and a single egg. When the larvae hatch, they eat the food in the cell, grow and pupate, eventually emerging as adults by chewing their way out of the cell. 

Photo: Owl Bee Habitats




This photo shows one of his lizard and bee habitat bench that is currently installed at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  The bee habitat is within the wooden elevated pieces. There are openings in the back of the bench for lizards and other critters to come and go, and the front of the bench was made solid to prevent sedentary humans from squealing loudly as they might otherwise find lizards crawling between their legs.

He is an industrious artist who transforms his scrounged materials into functional art and says that he is rapidly using up many of his scrounged materials.  


Photo: Pile of beam ends that Corman purchased from a carpenter after contacting him on Craigslist


He notes, “I'd love to help out some of the commenters on your blog who need to purge!!!”  He's good on his word. I recently off-loaded some old rebar and steel posts and now have a cleaner yard. 

You can see more of his work at the Phoenix-based gallery, Practical Art and at future Tucson Open Studio events. 





Photo: Oak vessel

Tags: Corman, Greg, Scrounge, bee, bees, habitat

Views: 291

Replies to This Discussion

The idea of creating species habitats out of reclaimed wood is really great. My sister in Germany has a few traditional beehives (honey bees), I will tell her about this. She'll love it.

Also, that oak vessel you are showing is wonderful!! Could you please ask Greg what finish he used on the wood to make it food safe?

Thank you!!

PS: Sorry, I have nothing to purge, am still happily scrounging. I have the PRACTICAL ART place on my list of places to visit next month !! :-)

Thanks Brigitte. Hope she likes it.

Greg said he uses mineral oil or tung oil for his non-toxic finishes.

Thanks! Good to know. I always ask these things out of my nerdy interest in insignificant details. ;-) Appreciate your asking him.

Can't wait to meet you next month!!

BTW: That photo of the pile of beam ends is quite beautiful too. A real postcard.

Really great objects.  Thanks for featuring him.

Charity, these are really inspiring.  I have lots of drill bits, some scrap wood and a love of wild bees. Now if I could scrounge out a bit more spare time...  I look forward to learning more about this when I meet you this summer.  

RSS

Latest Activity

Brigitte Martin liked Erika Uzmann's photo
2 hours ago
Chanda Glendinning is now a member of crafthaus
2 hours ago
gordon dickinson and Glen Guarino are now friends
6 hours ago
Marsea Banister posted photos
14 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Job advert, Theo Fennel: Theo Fennell is hiring! We are looking for a Wholesale Coordinator with two or more years experience to support our busy Head of Wholesale. The role is primarily administrative but will involve the successful candidate in…"
18 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Our brand new FREE student event 'Make your Mark' is only one month away! If you're a tutor conducting a jewellery or silverware class, or a student studying one of these courses, this event is for you! The aim for the day is to…"
18 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Junior Jewellery Mounter Apprentice Join a young & dynamic luxury diamond jewellery company with a London West-end based workshop 6,000 Application deadline: April 22nd 2014 Wonderful opportunity to join a young and dynamic luxury diamond…"
18 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) Message - Beyond Adornment 26 April to 7 June Private view: Fri 25 April, 6-8pm Members of the Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) have looked at the concept of ‘Message - Beyond…"
18 hours ago
Niki Grandics liked Bruna Hauert's event RULE THE WORLD, FoC-jewellery and fellowship award 2014
22 hours ago
John Lunn added a discussion to the group Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft
Thumbnail

In a state of jazz

Time to shift gears away from science and into music. I play jazz flute and piano and when I read this interview with Branford Marsalis  (sax player who led the Tonight Show band for Jay Leno), it connected with some thoughts I’ve been mulling over about the metal art world. I’ll start with the excerpt and comment at the bottom:“You put on old records and they always sound…See More
yesterday
Sarah Holden added a discussion to the group SNAG
Thumbnail

NEW Perks for Giving Program

SNAG has launched New Perks for Donating!$125 LevelIf you donate at the $125 level you will receive a hand written thank you along with a set of our newest SNAG stickers (or $10.45/mth for 12 months).$250 LevelIf you donate at the $250 level, you will receive a hand written thank you, a set of stickers, and a limited edition hand…See More
yesterday
Anita Mills posted a status
yesterday
Anita Mills posted a status
"New work posted on my Blog! http://anitamills.com/new-from-my-workbench/"
yesterday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post
yesterday
Brigitte Martin liked Leo Genkin's photo
yesterday
Susan Madacsi liked Brigitte Martin's blog post Scott Hove - Cakeland. Birthdays just got a whole lot better.
yesterday
Brigitte Martin liked Niki Grandics's photo
yesterday
Erika Uzmann posted photos
yesterday
Niki Grandics liked Vincent Pontillo's photo
yesterday
Leo Genkin posted photos
yesterday

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service