Courtesy of The Good of the Hive
Courtesy of The Good of the Hive

Originally published by Modern Farmer
December 6, 2016
by Joe Phillips

“If the bees go, we do, too. The situation’s that dire,” says Matthew Willey, who’s on a quest to bring attention to the plight of the honeybee by painting 50,000 of them—an ideal number for a healthy hive—on buildings across the country.

Since 2015, when the Asheville, North Carolina, artist launched his “The Good of the Hive” campaign, he has completed eight murals containing more than 1,100 bees. But Willey won’t accept commissions from just anyone. Clients must convince him that they’re truly…