The Hive in Kew Gardens will bring 17,000 aluminium bars to London.

Artist Wolfgang Buttress describes the amplified sound of bees communicating as “haunting” and he has built The Hive, a 17m-high swarm of aluminium among a wildflower meadow where visitors can hear a honeybee chorus beamed direct from a hive and see it transformed into a pulsating light display.

The Hive started out as the British offering to last year’s world expo in Milan, where more than three million visitors experienced it before it was taken down and shipped back to the UK. From Saturday it will be open to the public at Kew Gardens until the end of next year.