Hive Blossom

By Elizabeth Ashe

My design is based on observing organic geometries. I wished to depict a step in a bloom’s life that goes beyond it’s short pink burst; their natural visitor, bees. For years, bees have faced severe colony collapse. We depend on them not just for honey, but for pollination. I want to show the need to respect them. Bees are beautiful, industrious, and worth noticing among the cherry trees. As the combs move outward from the center of the bloom, they spread out and grow in size. Bees grow from within them and rest over them, before they fly out.

Throughout the 2021 Festival, this sculpture was located at Tenleytown Wisconsin Avenue & Albemarle Street NW.  This sculpture is currently in storage.

Elizabeth Ashe

Washington, DC

Elizabeth Ashe is a sculptor and poet, who earned her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University. Her public art projects have been on view at the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, Sukkahwood Festival, Art All Night DC, and the H St Festival. Her work is included in Studio Visit Magazine, issue 46. Over the last year, she has had two residencies: SoloLab 545 at VisArts and Portico Gallery & Studios. She received an FY21 AHFP grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and grants in the two previous years for exhibition projects. Ashe is a member of the Washington Sculptors Group, and on the steering committee of Emerging Arts Leaders DC. She is the Gallery Manager for DC Arts Center, and Exhibit and Event Technician at the Katzen Center, American University.