Bee in the City (in pictures)
July 20, 2018 2:40 PM   Subscribe

An exhibition in Manchester of painted bees And here's the link to the exhibition, with lots of info on the why and whereofs: Bee in the city exhibition
posted by MovableBookLady (8 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Pride bee! Bee with painted bees on! So many pretty bees.
posted by readinghippo at 2:47 PM on July 20, 2018

According to all known laws of aviation, an exhibition about bees should not be able to fly...
posted by Quackles at 3:08 PM on July 20, 2018 [2 favorites]

Our city got sold on swans like this by some company. Swans have no obvious connection to our little city, and a city up the road has carousel horses for some equally opaque reason. These swans still sit in front of various businesses--operational or defunct--years later, most of the birds quite bedraggled at this point. I'm a little cynical about these types of civic installations. Though these are lovely of course.
posted by thebrokedown at 4:03 PM on July 20, 2018 [2 favorites]

Not sure if it's explicitly stated on these sites, but the bee is on Manchester's coat-of-arms, representing industry.
posted by carter at 5:57 PM on July 20, 2018 [3 favorites]

I love these! I live in Manchester, and there are bees everywhere. On cars, on shops, lots of people have a bee tattooed on them(!), on gin bottles, bees and related patterns are everywhere. It's a symbol of the city. People are so so proud to be Mancunian.
posted by Braeburn at 10:19 PM on July 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

I also live in Manchester and the bee is verrry much an important part of Manchester identity. Bees are everywhere, like Braeburn says, but also integrated into The city…embedded into the street stones, painted on the walls, embossed on the sides of bins. Even the ashtray grates on the tops of bins are honeycomb!

The bees are very much welcome here! Partner and I are going on a treasure hunt to look at them all today. 🐝
posted by iamkimiam at 10:41 PM on July 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

Oh drat, you’re right. What do you think about an MCR mefi 🐝 meetup in the next week or so?
posted by iamkimiam at 1:11 AM on July 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

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