By Liz Skelton

Perfectly painted and polished, the swarm of 100 bees waited anxiously for their debut flight into the city of Manchester. Vibrant designs in a rainbow of colours allow each sculpture to take on a unique personality – such as the all over lemon slices of ‘I Wanna Bee Adored’ and the ice-cream and wafer patterns of ‘Summer Sundae’.

Ahead of the public launch, The Bee-Holder (number 58) was lifted into place in James Grigor Square, located at First Street development. Cundall has been involved on several projects at First Street including Innside Hotel, Q-Park and the new PRS Scheme including several retail and commercial unit. The site provides an eye-catching spectacle for visitors of the art, theatre and film centre at HOME, along with the office workers and students that frequent the area.

The Bee in the City, ‘Bee an Explorer Trail’ will be running until the end of September – spanning across the city and highlighting some of the key landmarks and locations. With the corresponding mobile app, bees can be virtually collected, rewards unlocked, and photos uploaded to the gallery of visitor experiences with the bees.

From conception to fruition – the journey of The Bee-Holder was made possible thanks to the efforts of all involved.

The sourcing, installation and programming of the integrated lighting was undertaken by the team at Whitecroft Lighting, whose sponsorship and support has been paramount. Special acknowledgements to Lee Tupman, Diane Livesey and Jarek Romaniuk in the lab; as well as Marcelina Fila, Tim Bowes, Paul Cassidy and Jason Casey.

The gradient of sprayed purples on the base of The Bee-Holder was designed by Rebecca Neill from our Cundall office in Edinburgh. Rebecca has developed her spray painting skills in her spare time and interpreted the design ideas of Cundall Light4 into a feature design piece. Thanks again to Rebecca for all her hard work!

Follow the journey on:

Instagram –

Twitter – @The_BeeHolder

Facebook – The-BeeHolder 

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