Current Location:
Student Services Building -> 1st Floor (STU)
Location Notes:
STU; Registrar Department; Suite 150; Lobby next to reception desk.

Bee Hive / Skep

Artwork
Identifier:
2018.46.3
Artist:
Joel Grothaus
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Letterpress Printed Poster
Date:
circa 2018
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 29" Width: 25"
Description:
Printed poster of a beehive with an arch of flowers around it. Below this is a large bee above more orange flowers.
Historical Context:
A "skep" is a man-made beehive created from wicker or straw. For centuries, beekeepers have used skeps to house their hives, giving their bees a clean, dry place to make a home. Northern European beekeepers migrated from logs to straw skeps somewhere between 800 and 1200 AD. Bridal couples in medieval Holland were given a skep to parade around the village as a symbol of starting a new home, and a swarm of bees as a wedding gift. Today, beekeepers are required to be able to easily open their hives for inspection and mite prevention, so skeps can no longer be legally used to house bees.