HIVE, Kinkade Pavillion at the Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL

Submitted by Nancy Davidson


Client: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Location: Champaign, IL, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team


Nancy Davidson

Davidson Studio


Amy Powell

Krannert Museum,

inflatable fabricator

Tom Meacham

Landmark Creations


Hive, at the Krannert Museum, Champaign Il, uses the classical portico architecture of the museum to create an installation with two enormous multi-breasted inflated forms referencing Artemis of Ephesus. An LED lighting program inside each sculpture evinces a dialogue between the two sisters in light and color. Think of the acropolis at twilight mixed with code and signals. The pavilion is illuminated inside and out with dramatic lighting. Hive is a site-specific installation and a public artwork. I collaborated with Lakshmi Ramgopal, a sound artist, producing sounds referencing breathing, whispering, laughter that permeate the space. 2020-2021, 2-18 foot inflatables, fabric, LED lighting, electronic wiring, blowers, wire, weights, Pi computer.