Manchester’s biggest art event launched today and we’re buzzing about it.
The Bee in the City trail pays homage to famous elements of Manchester’s history with more than 100 sculptures of the iconic worker bee, which has symbolised the city’s energy and sense of community since the Industrial Revolution.
The Bee sculptures have made their homes at some of the city’s most famous locations including Albert Square, St Peter’s Square, Piccadilly Gardens, Spinningfields, and the Northern Quarter, as well as further afield in The Quays, Levenshulme and Harpurhey.
Iconic Mancunian designs include a ROCK ’N’ ROLL Bee designed in partnership with Liam Gallagher, a Hac ‘BEE’ enda Bee celebrating the city’s legendary nightclub, a Bee honouring one of Coronation Street’s most iconic characters, Hilda Bugden, plus footballing tributes to Manchester’s famous clubs Bee United and Mike Summer-Bee.
A Bee in the City app will be available for visitors to track and collect each Bee on the trail, unlocking offers and rewards at many locations. There will also be a trail map of the giant Bees which can be collected from hubs around the city.
After the trail the big 3-D Bee sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s charity – We Love MCR Charity to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.
For more information check out our full post on the Bee Trail.