…is affected by environmental cues, like sunlight, temperature OR creative tangents.
Mind over body clock. There is nothing like the feeling of being so immersed in what you are working on that sleep just seems like an inconvenient interruption. I love it actually. With this sculpture it’s part self-induced and part necessity as we aim to complete and ship early September.
Truth is either way, it’s what I do, how I work best and often when artistic breakthroughs + happy accidents occur. And subsequently when sleep does beckon — makes for some fantastical dreaming.
It was in 1983 that a researcher called Walter Kaiser made a new discovery: that honeybees slept. As he watched through his observation hive, Kaiser noted how a bee’s legs would first start to flex, bringing its head to the floor. Its antennae would stop moving. In some cases, a bee would fall over sideways, as if intoxicated by tiredness. Many bees held each other’s legs as they slept. (kind of sweet, isn’t it?)
Similar to our circadian rhythm, honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day. And, in the case of forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, with more rest at night when darkness prevents their excursions for pollen and nectar. Nurse bees work constantly — it’s a round the clock gig caring and feeding the queen and next generation. Luckily this is only a temporary gig in the world of bee. In their next career advancement they can catch some zzzz’s.
At the dimming of the day, the pollination baton is passed along to the night shift crew mostly moths and bats. Pollination — it takes a diurnal, nocturnal village.