Saturday, July 25, 2015

Doing Good - Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

No that is not a typo!  Hermès through the work of their foundation does a LOT OF GOOD, and I thought I would take a few moments to tell you about it.

Or more specifically, I will let Fondation d’entreprise Hermès tell you about it:

Founded over 175 years ago, the house of Hermès is enriched by its long history, and by a commitment to humanist values that has underpinned its development from the outset – values that are best defined as a shared vision, handed down over five generations of directors. A vision based on the harmonious, coherent development of the house's financial, human and cultural capital. Each generation of directors – and now the sixth – has carried forward, simply and in its own way, the belief that a business that makes nothing but money is poor indeed: that a truly successful business must also know how to "add value" in human and cultural terms.
Our commitment to support men and women working outside our own immediate sphere of activity is, then, nothing new.
Over time, that commitment has been formalised and consolidated, culminating in the creation of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in 2008.
The projects we support resonate with the core values of the world of Hermès: the promotion of traditional craft skills, support for the creative arts, a commitment to education and training, and environmental concerns.
May our tradition of disinterested, open, responsive patronage continue, testifying to our humanist, philanthropic values.

Pierre-Alexis Dumas

And so starting today, a daily report on the various projects that Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is involved with around the world.  Who knows, maybe they can be the first "partner brand" for 3thirty3 and help us build a school ; )

Get ready for a Fondation d’entreprise Hermès "love fest" - they've earned it and they deserve it.

At any rate, they are to be commended for this type of effort, and if they won't blow their own horn, then I will blow it for them - This is ALL courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès 

And to the "World's Most Interesting Man" - Dan Lewis, wherever you are, this one will speak to you personally!

La Mine at CAPC Bordeaux

A museum rooftop hosts a ‘connected’ beehive 
The roof of the CAPC contemporary art museum in Bordeaux is home to La Mine, a group of five beehives connected to an Internet platform via electronic sensors. The project combines nature, art and technology to refine our knowledge of the lives of bees and preserve their threatened ecosystem.
© CAPC – Frédéric Deval
With a total of five hives, La Mine produces wax, propolis, honey, and data. This innovative hive is a focus of exchange and experimentation, installed on the roof of the CAPC in Bordeaux with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Fitted with sensors, the hives produce data on bee behaviour, transmitted live via a dedicated website, aimed essentially at practical beekeepers, but available to researchers, too. 
© CAPC – Frédéric Deval
The project is the brainchild of expert beekeeper and artist Pierre Grangé-Praderas, working with a small team of computer technicians and researchers. Data collected from the hives is processed using an Open Source Beehouse Monitoring (OSBM) system to provide an electronic record of the bees’ health and wellbeing, tracking the weight, temperature and humidity of the hives in real time. The installation contributes to the development of a more analytical approach to bee-keeping, and the preservation of bio-diversity in the urban environment.
© CAPC – Frédéric Deval
The CAPC hive is an educational project, too. Organised visits, for school groups in particular, aim to raise awareness of the vital problem of maintaining the bee population. The hives also relate to artworks inspired by bees and their products, in the CAPC collection, including pieces by Wolgang Laib, José Maria Sicilia and Mario Merz. A unique experiment that combines key elements of natural and artistic heritage. 
© CAPC – Frédéric Deval
The project was selected for support by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the H³ programme: Head – heart – hand.

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