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Watch a squadron of bees build a giant teapot

A designer in Rotterdam got 60,000 bees to help him create a one-of-a-kind sculpture, and you can watch them work.

To create this oversized teapot, Slovakian artist Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny employed a unique labor force. Studio Libertiny

One the one hand, you could call Slovakian designer Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny lazy, as he used 60,000 thousand free laborers to create his recent art project -- a large teapot sculpture. On the other hand, you're more likely to call him brilliant, because those laborers were bees and the work they created was made out of pure beeswax.

To create the sculpture -- commissioned by silver manufacturer Christofle -- Libertíny, whose studio is based in the Netherlands, built a metal framework for the teapot and then worked with Dutch beekeeper Johan Beckers to get the industrious insects to fill it in with beeswax, according to a report in Inhabitat.

The first attempt to get the sculpture to take shape didn't work because of weather conditions, but after the framework was moved to a less windy spot near Rotterdam, the teapot took shape.

"The success and beauty of the project is...a statement about the bee colony's health and strength, as well as the quality of local flora," says Inhabitat, adding that "no bees were exploited or displaced" during the project.

Although the work was completed in 2014, the Vimeo video below highlighting the project was just released in January.

This isn't the first bee-based sculpture Libertíny has created. In 2005, as part of his graduation project, he used bees to help build a series of vases, one of which was acquired by MoMA in New York. That particular vase took a group of 40,000 bees about a week to build.

"I have been always amazed by the power of nature and its epic force that drives forward slowly but steadily," Libertíny told Inhabitat.

"The 'made by bees' project allowed me to plug in to this source and guide it to create a mythology as well as a proposal. The title of the work 'Thousand Years' is not only reflecting the amazing materials properties -- beeswax can literally last thousands of years -- but also the scale of human life in the face of the apparent eternity of the universe."