There was quite a buzz throughout Manchester over the past summer, as hundreds of artistic bees landed all over the city as part of the Bee in the City Art Trail. Overall one hundred and one big bees and one hundred and thirty-one little bees appeared across the city from Monday 23rd July until Sunday 23rd September, giving everyone across the city plenty of time to view their favourite bees or complete the bee trail.
Bee in the City hosted a farewell weekend at HSBC UK National Cycling centre where the bees were put on display for one final time before they found their new colonies and were auctioned off to raise money for the We Love Manchester Foundation. On the night of the auction, there was a buzz as seventy-seven of the big Bee in the City sculptures went up for auction, raising £1,128,250 on the night. However, the smaller community bees have stayed in Manchester for everyone to enjoy.
Don’t worry if you missed an opportunity to see the bee trail – one of the little bees has recently landed at The Monastery on loan from Newall Green Primary School. The message and inspiration of Newall Greens Primary Schools design is to ‘treat others as you would wish to be treated’. Newall Green Bee represents the school’s peace promises, reminding everyone at the school to be a good, caring citizen. Newall Green Primary School named their Bee after what they truly believe in ‘Peace Bee with You’. The design of their bee is Peace Mala beads, which represent fourteen faith communities, whilst the white beads represent one’s own spiritual path.
So, before the ‘Peace Bee with You’ Bee buzzes off, come and pay it a visit soon at The Monastery!