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Bee in the City Manchester

Everything you need to know about Manchester's public art spectacle this summer

An astronaut, a robot, a rock star - take a look at Manchester's iconic worker bee as you've never seen it before.

The city's proud emblem has had a colourful makeover - 101 of them to be exact - as part of the Bee in the City trail.

The public art spectacle will see brightly painted honeybee sculptures pop up all over the city and surrounding suburbs this summer for visitors to admire, each featuring a unique design created by local artists and community groups.

The event is being brought to the city by Wild in Art, whose founders were the creative force behind 2004's Cow Parade installation.

Speaking as the finished designs were revealed at Mayfield Depot this week, director Sally-All Wilkinson said: "What's great about this project is it really reflects the uniqueness of Manchester in a lot of its designs and sense of purpose.

"I hope people don't only discover this wonderful art on the streets, but they also discover its location; maybe stop and have a picnic in Cathedral Gardens, or stop for some pasta and a glass of wine in Spinningfields.

"That's what this is about; bringing people together to rediscover their city."

When is the Bee in the City trail?

The full Bee in the City trail will run from Monday July 23 to Sunday September 23.

The mini bee trail is already in place and will also run until September 23.

You can complete the trail any time you like between those dates; most will be in public places outdoors, however some are inside buildings such as Manchester Arndale and The Royal Exchange so check their opening times before you visit.

Where can I find the Bee in the City statues?

The bees will be popping up all over the city centre and surrounding suburbs at landmarks and cultural hotspots such as Albert Square, The People's History Museum,

The finished statues were revealed at an event in Mayfield Depot last night before they start to hit the streets over the weekend ready for the trail to begin on Monday.

Where are the mini bees?

Colonies of mini bees created by Manchester school children have already sprung up around the city.

Launched on July 7 as a precursor to the main trail, the 131 smaller sculptures can be found at locations including the National Football Museum, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Heaton Park.

You can download a map and poster below showing all the designs and where you can find them.

How do I take part?

You can download and print out the maps and posters above, and make sure you buy Monday's Manchester Evening News on July 23 for your free, giant pull-out map.

You can also pick up a trail map from the Manchester Visitor Information Centre at 1 Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre, M1 1RG.

There's also an official Bee in the City app, which will be available to download from Monday July 23 from the App Store and Google Play. It costs £1.99 to download and 25% of the profit from each app purchase is donated to the Lord Mayor of Manchester's We Love MCR charity.

The app will unlock offers and rewards in many of the locations.
https://www.manchestereveningnews.c...n-news/bee-city-manchester-trail-map-14914518
 

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Always thought 22 larger Bee sculptures, perhaps incorporating a seat, would make a fitting tribute to those killed in the Arena bombing. Each one dedicated to an individual and fixed in key locations around the City.
 

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I've seen a lot of people taking photos with them over the last few days, and while I think a lot of the designs are a bit suspect (why is the picture of Rowetta so big on the pop music one?) I think they're quite a charming, unpretentious way of illustrating the city's history, and celebrating how the city bounced back from tragedy without being too mawkish.
 

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I've seen a lot of people taking photos with them over the last few days, and while I think a lot of the designs are a bit suspect (why is the picture of Rowetta so big on the pop music one?) I think they're quite a charming, unpretentious way of illustrating the city's history, and celebrating how the city bounced back from tragedy without being too mawkish.


Until you get the disrespectful morons who just vandalise them.







 

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