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Design the Man City bee!

Manchester City has proudly thrown its weight behind the upcoming Bee in the City campaign in support of the We Love MCR Charity.

As part of the campaign, the Club is asking Cityzens to submit their designs for what the Official Manchester City bee should look like. 

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

Over eighty giant honey bee sculptures will appear around Manchester this summer, when the city lands one of its biggest ever public art events.

The Bee in the City world-class sculpture trail is inspired by Manchester’s celebrated worker bee emblem which has been part of the city’s heraldry for over 150 years and is synonymous with Manchester’s pioneering and creatively industrious spirit.

The Bee in the City trail will be on display throughout the city for nine weeks from July to September 2018 for Mancunians and visitors to enjoy whilst taking in the city’s landmarks and cultural gems.

Each super-sized bee sculpture will be decorated with its own unique design, making an unforgettably stunning spectacle when the trail goes live.

Cityzens are being given the unique opportunity to submit their very own designs for how the Manchester City should be should look.

The winning design will be turned into a life size bee and officially unveiled by none other than Club legend, Mike “Buzzer” Summerbee.

It will then take pride of place outside the Etihad Stadium during the summer.

From Bee-am-Gallagher to the Bee-Here-Now, the possibilities are endless.

To submit your bee design, simply use the widget below and submit it via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the #Cityzens hashtag.

After the trail the bees will be auctioned to raise significant funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s charity – We Love MCR Charity to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.

The City Council is working with Wild in Art to present Bee in the City. Wild in Art (WIA) is a leading global producer of spectacular and accessible public art trails.

Commenting on the project, Manchester City Ambassador, Mike Summerbee said: “The city of Manchester is at the very foundation of the club.  It’s in our DNA and something we hold very dear.  We’re delighted to support such a great project and look forward to the fans adding their creative flair to our very own bee outside the home of club.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The bee symbolises the industrious, creative and energetic spirit of Manchester and its people. Bee in the City will build on Manchester’s reputation for innovation and the role that culture plays at the heart of city life. This accessible event will encourage Mancunians and visitors alike to explore the Bee trail next summer. It’s sure to be a memorable and enjoyable spectacle and the Council is pleased to be backing this special event.”

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said: “Bee in the City will become Manchester’s buzzword, attracting many new partnerships and collaborations to create a very special event. It promises to connect, inspire, and bring huge benefit and enjoyment to all communities through the power of our city’s creativity.”

Submit your bee design by simply downloading the template and submit it via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the #Cityzens hashtag.

Submissions close on the 16 April.


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