Saying It and Spraying It

This London street artist is on a spray paint–fueled mission to raise awareness for the plight of the honeybee.

March 30, 2015

Photo: Maureen Barlin

London artist Louis Masai Michel is taking to the streets (with spray paint) to draw attention to colony collapse disorder. The poorly understood syndrome has been linked to neonicotinoids (a widely used class of pesticide), invasive parasites, disease, and poor nutrition. Since colony collapse disorder was first reported in 2006 (and first covered by onEarth), the United States has already lost about one-third of its honeybee colonies. That's quite worrisome, considering these insects are responsible for pollinating $15 billion worth of American crops each year.

Along with fellow artist Jim Vision, Michel has painted his #SaveTheBees honeybee murals across the United Kingdom, as well as in Crotia, New York, Miami, and New Orleans. The colorful apian portraits feature messages like “When we go, we’re taking you all with us!” Ouch, that stings. 

Photo: Ferdinand Feys

Photo: Mike Lambert

Photo: Ferdinand Feys

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