Wolfgang Buttress (b. 1965) is an award winning British artist who creates multi-sensory artworks that draw inspiration from our evolving relationship with the ‘natural’ world. Wolfgang explores and interprets scientific discoveries, collaborating with architects, landscape architects, scientists and musicians to create human-centered experiences.
Wolfgang has produced artworks on four continents including Europe, Australia, Japan and the U.S. He is well known for the UK Pavilion (Milan EXPO 2015) and The Hive, a collaboration with physicist Dr Martin Bencsik, BDP, Hoare Lea and Simmonds Studio, currently installed at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, England. The project has won over 25 awards including the gold medal for best in show.
The Hive is a fourteen-meter aluminium lattice cuboid that highlights the decline of the honey bee. By measuring the activity of a living bee colony at Kew Gardens, accelerometers feed live signals to 1000 LED lights which line the interior of the sculpture. The energy informs an ever changing and fluid soundscape created by a selected ensemble of musicians who now write and perform under the name of BE.
Other scientific collaborations include UNA (2013), in Canberra, Australia and Lucent (2015), in Chicago, U.S., both these project express the star mapping research of astrophysicist Dr Daniel Bayliss. Corona (2017) is a collaboration with Dr Martin Bencsik; two NASA satellites monitor the sun’s activity which is expressed in real time as an ever changing light array onto a 1,000m2 façade of the new bio science research hub in Nottingham, England.
Current projects include sculptures in Taiwan, U.S, Australia and United Kingdom.