The Ivy in The Lanes have teamed up with local artist, Danni Smith, by giving her incredible Snailspace Brighton artwork a home outside their restaurant, as well as creating a bespoke honey cocktail – all with the intention of saving our endangered honey bees.
Danni’s stunning snail, which is part of the Snailspace Brighton trail, features a collection of plants including drawings of choisyas, sunflowers, poppies, roses, Michaelmas daisies, dandelions and naturally, ivy, all of which are bee-friendly.
Each side of her snail represents a different season, meaning the plants she has included offer a full microcosm of an English garden throughout the year, something which depends on the existence of the honeybee to thrive.
The artist herself has commented on both her artwork, and why she feels that promoting the need to save the bees is so important:
“I have an allotment and feel it’s really important to incorporate beefriendly plants due to the fact that bees are decreasing in numbers. My snail will be covered in choisya, sunflowers, poppies, roses, Michaelmas daisies and dandelions which are all important plants for bees. Each season will be reflected to show how easy it is to grow bee-friendly plants all year round.”
In support of both Snailspace, and the conservation of honeybees habitats, The Ivy in The Lanes have created a bespoke cocktail for guests to enjoy, called ‘The Queen Bee’. The delicious drink is made with the hand-crafted Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin, as well as apricot brandy, lemon juice and lemonade, making it the perfect refreshing Autumn tipple.
This year’s Snailspace trail, which is part of an initiative with proven popularity in Brighton, will be supporting Martlets, a Sussex based hospice who provide care and support to those with terminal illnesses, in order to help them live their lives to the full.
This years art trail is intended to encourage the public to slow down, and appreciate the things in life that make them smile, which is also something that Martlets try to encourage in their work. This focus on slowing life down is the reasoning behind choosing a slow animal such as the snail to be the base of the artworks dotted around the city.
The General Manager of The Ivy in Lanes, Barry Watson, has commented further: “We are delighted to be working with such a prominent artist as Danni Smith and it’s great to be involved in such a fantastic community initiative to help raise funds for Martlets.”