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Bee in the City Garden

This project saw a bee-themed garden created at the Museum of Science and Industry to host a large bee sculpture as part of the Bee in the City project, a spectacular city-wide public art event.

Aim

The aim was to create a bee-themed garden in which to host a large bee sculpture as part of the Bee in the City project, a spectacular city-wide public art event. Our bee sculpture was named Industrious and was designed by artist Tim Sutcliffe.

The project aimed to deliver an appealing offer for our family audiences as well as opportunities for outdoor events, including a bee-themed Late event at the museum during the summer.

The project sought to develop new partnerships with community partners in the city and with future funders. The project also provided opportunity to test ideas for future uses and development of our outdoor spaces.

Context

The project came about as part of the Science and Industry Museum’s involvement with the Bee in the City project.

"A giant colony of super-sized bee sculptures will be winging its way to Manchester in the summer of 2018 for one of the biggest public art exhibitions the city has ever seen." – Wild in Art

Outcomes

  • To create an experience which visitors happy in our outside spaces
  • To communicate about plants’ and bees’ roles the ecosystem, the threats to them and their significance for human society
  • To provide visitors with a call to action and simple ‘take-home’ ideas
  • To maintain and grow our audiences
  • Opportunity to develop new partnerships for future use of outdoor spaces
  • To test ideas for future use of outdoor spaces

Project partners

Manchester City Council