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2017-18 Swarm, a community and collaborative project with artist Timothy Crowley commissioned by Falmouth University

Swarm was created with the help of local people, staff and students from the University campus. All took part in a series of bee making workshops; each person creating their own individual press-moulded clay bee. This took place at various events, festivals and fairs around Penryn.

The bees were then incorporated into a collective ceramic swarm sculpture. The Swarm sculpture was permanently installed in a designated willow tree on Penryn campus in October 2018 in commemoration of Penryns notable and longstanding connection with educational institutions.

Swarm is inspired by a dream. In 1265 the Bishop of Exeter, Walter Bronescombe, was told in a dream by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, to found a college in Penryn on the site of a large willow tree that contained a swarm of bees. Glasney College was built very close to what is today Falmouth University and stood for 300 years. The College was a highly regarded place of study and creativity and produced the earliest works of Cornish literature.

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